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Female headliners rock Salmonfest 2018

By JIM STEARNS

There is nothing quite like an Alaska summer. Pleasant days that seamlessly roll into long nights offer endless pos- sibilities that beckon the adventurous spirit of Alaskans and visitors alike. There is fishing, camping, boating, biking, and parties. There are mountains to climb, rivers to explore, and glaciers to visit. There are choices everywhere.

The Kenai Peninsula has often been referred to as Alaska’s play- ground because all the various activities that we love are available somewhere on the Peninsula. Quaint and welcoming towns dot the landscape. Hope, Moose Pass, Seward, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Sol- dotna, Kasilof, Anchor Point, and Homer all have unique elements to offer visitors from near and far.

In the middle of the Kenai Peninsula sits the charming and pic- turesque village of Ninilchik. Home of the Kenai Peninsula Fair- grounds, Ninilchik has hosted one of the summer’s most dynamic weekends for several years. Salmonfest, widely considered to be the state’s most compelling festival, once again returns Aug. 3-5 for another fabulous run.

Perhaps you’ve attended one of the previous festivals. Maybe you’ve heard through the grapevine that it’s worth the journey. We believe that it is indeed worth joining the collective excursion to one of the most diverse and comprehensive festivals, not just in Alaska, but also in the entire country.

Headlined by 20 national renowned bands and musicians, doz- ens of Alaska’s top bands, incredible homegrown artists, crafters
and brews along with exquisite cuisine, the overall framework of Salmonfest is exceptional. Add the special performances, the family friendly atmosphere (there are children’s activities each day, and kids 12 and younger are free), the colorful stages, costumes and other surprises and the weekend is an endless multisensory experience.

If you decide that you need a break from the steady stream of eclectic and high-octane music that is rolling on four stages for virtually the entire weekend, you can wander the local beaches and rivers, catch a salmon, go for a halibut fishing trip or just chill out at your campsite or cabin with family and friends, new and old.

Hundreds of campsites are within walking distance of the festival, and hundreds more are serviced by a complimentary shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off right at the front gate.

In the past, Alaskans have had to fly out of state to attend on of the pre- eminent national festivals. Salmon- fest now provides the opportunity to find that enriching experience just down the highway on the Kenai Pen- insula at a fraction of what it might cost to go Outside to a comparable event.

Now, people from the Lower 48 are coming to Alaska, as Salmonfest steadily establishes a reputation as
a destination event. Lat year, tickets were sold in over 40 states and several countries. Many people who have always wanted to come north, in par- ticular those who have friends and family in Alaska, are now using the festival as an incentive and an anchor date to make the trip.

Whether you’ve been a part of the
extended family in the past or are
planning to join us for the first time
this year, we can assure you we are
working tirelessly to bring you the best possible experience. Whether it be a talented and diverse group of musicians, top-notch sound

and production, delectable cuisine, unique arts and crafts, tasty brews – or just the magic that happens when an incredible group of like-minded people gather together – we strive to collectively create something special that cultivates positive vibes and lasting memories.

The Alaska State Troopers have pointed out that they have never seen such a large group that is more peaceful and problem free than the Salmonfest clan. Our exceptional security team believes first and foremost in customer service and remains diligent in keeping our festival safe and friendly.

We hope you’ll make the effort to
join us for the weekend of Aug. 3-5 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in the village of Ninilchik, where we create our own festive town and share what can certainly be called a collective experien- tial kaleidoscope.

We have assembled our strongest and most diverse lineup ever for the 2018 fes- tival. We remain steadfast in our com- mitment to our guests in that we will do everything we can to create the highest- quality event from an operational and artistic standpoint. The result, of course,

comes from a collective spirit derived from all participants including artists, staff, vendors, and the extended Salmonfest family, first- years or veterans, young or old. Please join us for a weekend of song, dance, delight, a little craziness, spirit, love, fish, music, imagination, goofiness, family, friends and fun!

Getting here

almonfest is held at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in

Ninilchik, south of Kenai and north of Homer on the Sterling High- way. It’s a beautiful drive from Fairbanks, Anchorage or surrounding communities. Follow the Seward Highway to the Sterling Highway turnoff and continue along the Sterling through Cooper Landing, past Soldotna and Kenai, to Ninilchik. The Fairgrounds is at Mile 136 on the east side of the Sterling Highway.

Flights are available from the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage to Kenai or Homer. Check with Ravn Air for flights.

PARKING

There is parking available for a small fee across the highway from, and adjacent to, the fairgrounds. All proceeds support local youth organizations. Because of limited parking space, please park at your campground and make use of the free Salmonfest shuttle that runs all weekend.

FAMILY

Salmonfest is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids. All youth 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

COURTESY CHARLES PULLMAN

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Salmonfest’s Small Fry Activity Area will feature kids’ activities and arts and craft projects.

FOOD

Salmonfest brings together the best of Alaska’s food vendors to keep Salmonfesters racing all weekend. Look for tents and trucks serving up Thai food, salmon, gourmet sandwiches and delicious barbecue, along with many more options.

BEER

Salmonfest features two large beer gardens with excellent views of the Ocean and River stages, as well as covered and uncovered seating areas. With the generous help of the Odom Corp., Salmonfest will spotlight a wide variety of local Alaskan craft beers.

Returning to the scene is Salmonfest sponsor Klean Kanteen. The new limited-edition 2018 festival pint cups will be available at Salmonfest for use in the beer garden. If you’re a returning Salmon- fester, you are welcome to bring your vintage pint cups for the same great perks of avoiding single use, but we’re guessing you won’t be able to resist the new 2018 design.

The Cause

With Salmonfest, we emphasize and celebrate the connection of all Alaskans to the fish and waters that provide this magnificent resource. We urge everyone from all over the state, and country, to come together for this Salmonfest weekend, find camaraderie in the issues that unite us and put aside the things that divide us. Together let’s continue to move forward and celebrate wild Alaska in a weekend of fish, fun and music!

Salmonfest is supported by and benefits The Kachemak Bay Con- servation Society and Cook Inletkeeper. KBCS is a longstanding Hom- er-based nonprofit organization that educates the public, and both protects and promotes Alaska’s fish-filled waters. Cook Inletkeeper works to protect water quality and salmon habitat in Cook Inlet.

The Lowdown

INFO BOOTH

Please visit the centrally located Information Booth upon arriving at Salmonfest. There, you’ll be able to find an event program, lost-and-found and friendly volunteers ready to answer any questions.

CAMPING

There is plenty of camping available near the Ke- nai Peninsula Fairgrounds. One of our top recom- mendations is J&J Smart Charters/Deep Creek View Campground, with more than 100 sites available and a good location, close to the festival. Other great camping options include:

Roscoe’s Pizza
Alaskan Angler RV Resort
Ninilchik River Campground
Ninilchik View Campground
Deep Creek North Overlook
Deep Creek Beach State Recreation Area Country Boy Campground
Ninilchik Beach Campground

SHUTTLE

Salmonfest will provide a free shuttle during the festival. The shuttle will stop at the main gate and cycle through stops throughout Ninilchik. It will operate during the following hours:

Friday – noon to 3 a.m. (Saturday) Saturday – noon to 3 a.m. (Sunday) Sunday – noon to 10 p.m.

Shuttle stops include:

Alaskan Angler RV Resort
Ninilchik River Campground
Ninilchik View Campground
J&J Smart Charters/Deep Creek View Campground Deep Creek North Overlook

Deep Creek Beach State Recreation Area
Ninilchik Beach Campground
Note: Salmonfest shuttle schedule and route is subject to change.

Check event program or at the Info Booth for updated information.

Rules

• NO PETS ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS.
• NO UNAUTHORIZED VENDING.
• NO ILLEGAL DRUGS, WEAPONS OR FIREWORKS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS. VIOLATORS WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE FACILITY AND SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION UNDER LO- CAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.

• NO UNDERAGE DRINKING. UNDERAGE DRINKING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
• PARKING IS AVAILABLE ADJACENT

AND ACROSS FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS. ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS. IF YOUR VEHICLE IS FOUND IN AN UNAUTHORIZED AREA IT WILL BE TOWED AT YOUR EXPENSE.

• NO OPEN FIRES.
• NO GLASS.
• NO LASER POINTERS.
• RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOUR NEIGHBORS. PLEASE USE TRASH AND RECYCLING BINS PROVIDED. PLEASE LISTEN TO AND RESPECT ALL STAFF MEMBERS, WHETHER IT IS A PARKING ATTENDANT OR A STATE TROOPER. YOUR SAFETY AND WELLBEING IS OUR NO. 1 CONCERN.

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