65th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival July 1

Canada’s biggest little birthday party has a lot to celebrate. This year the festival turns 65 and is looking pretty good for a senior citizen. The 2010 theme is “Red goes green” and will include a number of initiatives to help reduce their carbon footprint.

The Salmon Festival will also feature a special “green zone,” including displays from the City of Richmond and other organizations to help promote positive environmental practices such as waste reduction, curbside composting, energy efficiency, and more. There will be information about community gardening, or how you can grow your own food at home.

The Steveston Salmon Festival is organized by volunteers to honour Canada Day. Last year, nearly 100,000 people attended. This year will feature all the main favourites including the pancake breakfast, parade and our famous salmon bake, which last year served over 2,300 plates of fresh wild sockeye salmon expertly cooked over open alder wood fire pits. It is a fun filled day of live entertainment, complete with dance and musical acts, trade and craft shows, activities for children, and a variety of inflatable slides, bouncers and a variety of adventurous attractions.

The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with the pancake breakfast. The Children’s Bike Parade takes off at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by the Canada Day Parade at 10 a.m., which starts at Garry Point Park and ends along Moncton Street at Railway Avenue.

For complete details including a schedule of events, parade map, road closure notice and parking information, or to find out how you can volunteer, please visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website at www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca.