Annual Kenai River Festival marks start of summer celebrations

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005

There's no shortage of festivals, parades and celebrations in summer, and although many incorporate the Kenai River in some capacity, none solely focus on the life-giving body of aqua-marine water itself as much as the Kenai River Festival.

"This is our 15th year," said Josselyn Burke, member service coordinator for the Kenai Watershed Forum.

The annual event is returns Saturday and Sunday to the Green Strip in Kenai and offers a variety of activities for children and adults.

Burke said there will by fish model painting, puppet shows, storytelling, birdhouse construction, fishing clinics, live birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, local artist vendor booths, live music and plenty of food.

The first 100 children ages 6 to 14 also will be given free rods and reels starting at noon Saturday.

The price to be part of the event is just right, too, according to Burke.

"It's totally free to attend," she said, adding that the festival is sponsored by numerous agencies, organizations, businesses, families and individuals.

There also will be a 5-kilometer Run for the River held in conjunction with the festival at 10 a.m., for which registration begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 260-5449 or visit the Web site at

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