Festival is chance to give support to the Kenai River

Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2006

You don’t have to be a fisherman to be tied to the Kenai River. Whether it’s appreciated for its scenic beauty, recreation opportunities or the economic benefits it brings to the central Kenai Peninsula, the river has hooked a place in many hearts.

This weekend offers an opportunity to celebrate its role as the area’s lifeblood — without the hassle of hitching a boat trailer or untangling fishing line.

The Kenai River Festival continues today at the Green Strip Park in Kenai. The festival is free to attend, and offers local artist vendor booths, painting, food, live music, children’s activities and informational displays.

The event is geared toward children — to teach the next generation of peninsula residents and fishermen how important the river is and how and why they should take care of it.

Adults will find plenty to reel in their interest, as well — especially when it comes to food and music.

Here’s a schedule of bands playing today:

· 11 a.m. — Coyote Call the People

· 11:30 a.m. — J.D. Uponen

· Noon — Synthesesia

· 1 p.m. — David Edwards-Smith

· 2 p.m. — The Tim Sturm Band

· 3 p.m. — Bunny Swan-Gease

· 4 p.m. — Katie and the Couzins

For the younger ones, storytelling takes place at 11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

So take the kids and an appetite to the festival. It continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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