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Salmon Festival gets rolling Saturday

The Enumclaw Salmon Festival is back for another year of food, fun and education, but with a new venue.

The 2005 edition of the festival, hosted by Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, will take place at the King County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Salmon Festival was founded in 2003 to celebrate more than 10 years of successful salmon habitat restoration on local Newaukum Creek, and to recognize the ongoing effort land owners and volunteers have put forth to sustain this goal. Now in its third year, the festival aims once again to raise awareness for the importance of the Pacific wild salmon for the ecosystems of the Northwest, while having a little bit of fun to boot.

With the financial help of local sponsors and supporters, Mid-Sound has been able to organize an event that boasts plenty to do.

This year, the Salmon Festival is a featured stop on the seventh annual King County Harvest Celebration Farm Tour, an event that engages citizens to visit local farms and learn about farming and farm-fresh food.

The festival features free, live music and entertainment throughout the day: The Cylas Blues Band, Ravenblue and The Bobbers will aim to keep everyone dancing, while the Native American exhibit Of Cedar and Salmon will offer interactive storytelling, a dance performance and a salmon-mask activity for kids.

Also part of the day will be an art exhibit by Enumclaw Arts Alive! as well as the artwork of the students who participated in this year's middle school art contest (sponsored by Enumclaw's Grocery Outlet).

Visitors can test their casting skills in Trout Unlimited's casting derby, learn curiosities about the salmon lifecycle, take a peak into the belly of FIN The Migrating Salmon, or participate in one of the creative activities hosted by local boy and girl scouts. For the younger set, there will be a little kids' railroad and, for the whole family, there will be a guided river walk.

Parking will be available at no cost. In addition, a free shuttle service between Auburn, Enumclaw and the King County Fairgrounds will operate throughout the day. Space is limited to 11 passengers.

Here's the schedule of entertainment and activities:

€ 10 a.m. to noon, The Cylas Blues Band

€ 11 a.m., River Walk

€ 12:30 to 2 p.m., The Bobbers

€ 1 p.m., River Walk

€ 2 p.m., middle school art contest awards and silent auction (round one)

€ 2 to 2:45 p.m., Native American dancing by Of Cedar and Salmon

€ 3 p.m., River Walk

€ 3 to 5 p.m., Ravenblue

€ 5 p.m., River Walk and silent auction (round two)

€ 5 to 6:15 p.m., The Bobbers

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