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Dispatches from Salmonfest

Alaska-based Roland Roberts Band at SalmonFest 2022.
Riley Board
Alaska-based Roland Roberts Band at SalmonFest 2022.

Salmonfest starts today at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

KDLL Riley Board was at the festival this afternoon talking to the folks that make the three-day event a celebration of salmon and music.

The cause

Year after year, the festival has made protecting Bristol Bay and its fish a big focus. And the event features a "Salmon Causeway," lined with booths representing different causes from around Alaska.

This year, the Causeway is circus-themed. Its organizer was dressed for the part — as a circus clown named "Footy."

Salmon Causeway

The music

The festival brings out dozens of band from around the country.

For some of the acts, the festival is a chance to get out to the Kenai Peninsula and see the sights.

For Emily Turner — whose dad is a Kenai fishing guide — it's more of a homecoming.

Free Creatures

Local group BenJammin & The Jammin Band was the first band of the day to play. Despite some technical difficulties, band members say it was a great time.

BenJammin & The Jammin Band

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.

Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.
Riley Board is a Report For America participant and senior reporter at KDLL covering rural communities on the central Kenai Peninsula.
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