The seventh annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Skansie Brother’s Park this year due to the continued construction at the original location.
Since 1972, the Gig Harbor Fisherman’s Club has incubated salmon eggs at Donkey Creek and releases over one million fry into Gig Harbor Bay annually. The emphasis of the festival is to show how the quality of our water and the habitat is supports connects us all.
This year the celebration is co-sponsored by the city of Gig Harbor’s Park and Environment Area Board and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation .
“The groups are a perfect fit with a mutual message in how we can meet our natural resource goals and take better care our environment,” said Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Julie Ann Gustanski.
“Choices residents make daily impact the water quality. Education is a great way to understand how we can take care of our water clean and keep our salmon healthy.”
New activities this year include demonstrations such as fly fishing by “The Reel Fly Girls,” and repairing fish nets. The Net Shed will be conducting a “walk through history.”
Look for the “Pump Me Out” boat in the bay to remind boaters the value of keeping our waterways clean.
The Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Club board will be holding races and also demonstrations for the human powered crafts.
The Big Blue Salmon tent will host storytelling sessions from members of the Puyallup and Suquamish tribes.
The Puyallup tribe, a long time event supporter, will have booths with tribal education and information available.
Returning Festival favorites include “Paint your own salmon” T-shirts, “Child with a Chum” photos and “touch tanks.” Chum burgers and refreshments will be available through the Kiwanis and Fisherman’s Clubs of Gig Harbor.
Peninsula Light will again be a major sponsor.
“They are a big presence for out festival every year. They see the value in the environmental awareness for our community,” said City of Gig Harbor organizer Lita Dawn Stanton.
Many other area businesses and community groups come together in support and provide booths and activities.
Walk, bike or paddle to join in the festivities that start Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.
For more information contact Lita Dawn Stanton at (253) 853-7609 or email email@example.com.