The 2011 Steveston Salmon Festival dubbed as “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” is looking forward to celebrating our country’s 144th birthday with a great community get together from sunrise to sunset!
This year, the Salmon Festival will celebrate “Sport for Life,” based on the City of Richmond strategy adopted in November 2010. The Sport for Life Strategy vision reads, in part: “All Richmond residents have access to a full range of opportunities to experience the passion and joy of participating in sport and physical activity.”
The Sport for Life theme will be evident throughout the festival, from the various parade floats and community groups in the parade, to the newest featured attraction, the Richmond Olympic Oval, who will be on-site offering kids of all ages an opportunity to try out the latest games and equipment.
The Steveston Salmon Festival is organized by volunteers to honour Canada Day and the diverse culture of our community. This year the Festival will include all your favourite attractions including the pancake breakfast, Canada Day parade and our famous salmon bake, which last year served over 2,300 plates of fresh wild sockeye salmon expertly cooked over open alder wood fire pits. It is a funfilled day of live entertainment, complete with dance and musical acts, trade and craft shows, activities for children, and a variety of inflatable slides, bouncers and other adventurous attractions.
Other features include the Japanese cultural show, food fair and a youth rock fest featuring local bands as well as a three-on-three hockey tournament.
The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with the pancake breakfast. The Children’s Bike Parade starts cycling at 9:30 a.m., the Kajaks Salmon Run takes off at 9:55 a.m., then the big Canada Day Parade begins at 10 a.m.
For complete details including a schedule of events, parade map, road closure notice and parking information, or to find out how you can volunteer, please visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website at www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca.