Fiddling for the festival

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

The Kenai River Festival will be headlined by a big name this year -- Ken Waldman, otherwise know as Alaska's Fiddling Poet. Waldman, accompanied by David McCormick from Anchorage, will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during the festival at the Green Strip Park in Kenai, across the Kenai Spur Highway from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Waldman has lived in Alaska for 17 years, currently residing in Anchorage. He is a former college professor with a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. He has had more than 350 poems and stories published in national journals, released two CDs, written two books of poetry and performed all over the country.

The Kenai River Festival also will feature children's activities, including salmon hat making, fly-fishing, fish model painting, Pathway to Fishing youth fishing courses and puppet shows. Area artists will sell their wares at the festival, and salmon dinners will be for sale, as well.

The Kenai River Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449 or visit its Web site at

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