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Celebrate Chum Salmon At The Eight Annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival On September 20th

Gig Harbor, Wash. – September 11th, 2014; “It Takes a Fish to Raise a Village” is the mantra of the organizers of the eight annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival in Gig Harbor scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, from 10am - 4pm at the Harbor History Museum and Austin Estuary Park, located at 4121 Harborview Drive in beautiful downtown Gig Harbor.

Every year since 1972, the Gig Harbor Commercial Fishermen’s Club has incubated salmon eggs at Donkey Creek, releasing over 1 million fry into Gig Harbor Bay. Each fall, mature salmon find their way back from the open sea to spawn. This is the first time that returning salmon will navigate open waters of the newly restored Donkey Creek Estuary. In celebration of this annual event, the Fisherman’s Club, the City of Gig Harbor, Harbor WildWatch, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team, and many other local organizations have teamed up with one goal in mind – improving water quality to ensure the health of salmon for future generations. The annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival is an opportunity to learn how.

DONKEY CREEK and AUSTIN ESTUARY PARKS – 8714 Harborview Drive

The Chum Festival is free, open to the public, and includes a kayak race and live music. The day includes canoe, kayak and paddle board demonstrations at Austin Estuary Park with 30 booths offering environmental information, retail merchandise, and free giveaways. There will be touch tanks, pressed salmon art for t-shirts (byo or buy one at the Kayak booth), and don’t miss the Chum Burgers that begin about noon.

In support of the Chum Festival and as a “good-bye summer” send-off, five of Gig Harbor’s waterfront parks on Harborview Drive will sponsor activities throughout the day.

EDDON BOAT PARK – 3805 Harborview Drive

From 10am to 3:30pm Gig Harbor Boat Shop will feature a classic hydroplane from Seattle’s Hydro Museum plus four historically significant small boats in varying states of restoration. The Porpoise, a replica of the 1841 Longboat gig that discovered Gig Harbor bay, and the 706 Launch, an 18’ Skiff restored and equipped with an electric motor will also be on hand. And at 11:30 am, don’t miss the Skua Cocktail Boat Races on Gig Harbor Bay.

Live music begins at 4:30 pm, by nationally renowned Brazilian mandolin and guitar string duo Rio Con Brio -- a beautiful fusion of Brazilian rhythm, classical technique and jazz improvisation. Seating is limited and ticket is required for entry. Reserve your tickets early by calling 253-857-9344.

SKANSIE BROTHERS and JERISICH DOCK – 3207 Harborview Drive

Plan a short walk down Harborview Drive to enjoy free dock-side tours of the Skansie-built fishing vessel “Veteran” and #2 sailboat “Pirouette” built at Eddon Boat from 10am to 4pm. Skansie Netshed will be open for tours from 10am to 3:30pm.

JOIN THE FUN in downtown Gig Harbor on September 20th. Spend your day on the waterfront!

Located southwest of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Gig Harbor community is also notable for its maritime heritage, marinas, waterfront inns, bed and breakfasts, public parks, upscale and one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, jewelers, wine shops, paddle-boat rentals, and eye-catching gardens. For more destination information, please access www.gigharborguide.com or call the Gig Harbor Visitor Information Center at (253) 857-4842.

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