Kenai River Festival set for this weekend

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

KENAI (AP) The 13th annual Kenai River Festival kicks off again this weekend at Green Strip Park in Kenai.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day festival is a celebration of the Kenai River and a way to highlight its importance to the community while having fun in the process, said Josselyn Burke of the Kenai Watershed Forum.

''It grew out of the desire to keep the river clean and healthy for future generations,'' she said. ''The river touches the lives of everyone in this community in one way or another.''

The Kenaitze Indian drum group will kick off the festival both days.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will do something new this year called salmon printing, Burke said. This is where they paint the side of a salmon then press it to a shirt to make a print. The shirts will sell for $5 and be one of the only things that isn't free at the festival.

Live music will play throughout the event, courtesy of local musicians such as Hobo Jim, Joe Ray and Katie Skrah, Bunny Swan Gease and others.

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