In this 2009 file photo, people arrive at the Kake Dog Salmon Festival in a traditional catamaran.
In this 2009 file photo, two- and three-year-old boys participate in a foot race.
Story last updated at 7/24/2013 - 1:56 pm
Aug. 3 promises to be a dynamic day in Kake, with its 19th annual Dog Salmon Festival.
The festival is packed full of fun things like a dessert and entrée contest, talent show, the Challenge of the Chums canoe race, recognition to veterans - particularly Vietnam veterans, workshops and vendors that focus on hunting, fishing, and understanding of the ecosystem around Kake - just to name a few things.
The festival started 19 years ago as a "big celebration to celebrate to production of cold storage salmon, fishermen and the community," said Ellie Jackson, who has been involved in the festival for years.
"It was just to celebrate the end of the season," she said.
The festival has grown over the years to include more events - a 10K race, chum toss, canoe races - and this year the addition of U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Game vendor booths, which will educate visitors on the ecosystem and resources available in Kake.
"It changed, we now get a grant for it," Ellie Jackson said. "We include a lot of other vendors who focus on things like hunting and fishing, things that are available to us off the land within our area."
Also new this year will be cash prizes for the dessert and entrée contest and the talent show. The prizes will be $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. In the food contest, a contestant may enter only one sector. They're also required to give the festival organizers the recipe, so it may be shared with the community.
Sara Jackson, the festival coordinator, said she's looking forward to the canoe races the most.
"Every year they've done the canoe races and it's just part of the Dog Salmon Fest that everybody looks forward to," she said. "Everybody puts a team together."
Ellie Jackson said over the next few years they'd like to work toward getting more visitors to attend.
She said it's been difficult getting many people to the festival through the ferry because of the timing, so they're working on getting more catamarans through Allen Marine. Ellie Jackson said they probably get about 100 visitors besides the local residents to attend the festival. Limited dorm-style housing is available for $25 per night. There are also air charters to Kake.
Sarah Day is the editor for Capital City Weekly. She can be reached at email@example.com.