News Release

November 1, 2010

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Changes Dates for 2011

Media Contacts:
Susan C. Peterson, (509) 548-2558

LEAVENWORTH, Washington - The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival will celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2011 and will be held a few weeks later than usual. The festival, held annually at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery near Leavenworth, Washington is moving its venue to September 29-30 (student days) and October 1-2, 2011 (general public days).

Executive Director Corky Broaddus said, "We put a lot of thought into moving the dates of the festival. We made this decision based on information from the 80-plus schools that attend so they may have the proper time to prepare students for the educational events the festival offers, and to better coincide with the natural return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River system."

Salmon Fest is devoted to fun-filled "edu-tainment" a form of education and entertainment that is both fun and educational. Salmon Fest's mission is to connect families and youth to nature by helping people discover and appreciate the diversity and importance of the great outdoors, but also the beauty and interconnectivity of nature to our lives, and to understand and appreciate the significance of salmon to all people.

With the festival's date change, Salmon Fest will be able to add field trips with better salmon viewing opportunities and the schools will have adequate time to incorporate Salmon Fest curriculum into the classroom. Broaddus added that, "Salmon Fest brings people, natural resources, education, entertainment and science together, and the best way to celebrate the miracle of the salmon life cycle is to have people experience salmon in their native habitat."

The festival attracts 10,000 people annually from across the northwest and Canada.

Salmon Fest is recognized nationally because of its educational excellence, and is located just two miles away from spectacular Bavarian Leavenworth, the Ultimate Christmas town (featured on "Good Morning America").

For further information swim to this website: www.salmonfest.org