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January 8th, 2018 in Salmon Fest News

The much-beloved Wenatchee River Salmon Festival needs help to move into the future. Friends of Northwest Hatcheries (Friends), a group which has supported Salmon Fest since 1996, needs new members to carry on its award-winning, natural resource-themed event.

The long-term director of Salmon Fest and President of Friends, Betsy McIndoe, steps down January 30. Sheila Bergren, the only treasurer Friends has ever had, also retires in 2018. That leaves just four board members still involved. Corky Broaddus, founder of Salmon Fest, hopes to see community members who have enjoyed the event in past years join in the management and upcoming transition of this iconic local festival.

The Friends group has been the primary coordinator of Salmon Fest, bringing in federal, state, and county agencies, non-profits, tribes, local businesses, schools, and other partners to provide a high quality educational field trip experience for school students throughout the region, plus a free day of outdoor fun and education for the public. It’s a big job, and an exciting one—but it’s not all that Friends does.

“The Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, a non-government non-profit organization, supports seven hatcheries throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Corky, naming national fish hatcheries from the Columbia Gorge to Idaho to the Olympic Peninsula. The Friends group is in place for these facilities to provide crucial funding, volunteer staffing, and help with grant applications for events and educational activities. Leavenworth, Winthrop, and Entiat hatcheries are also included.

“I’d like to see us do more to improve our Hatchery system trails and youth outdoor programs,” said Natalie Briody, Vice President of Friends, who enjoys the miles of public trails at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The board agrees that there are many great projects to work on—but it’s time for new members, new ideas, and new energy to keep the ball rolling.

To learn more, please attend the open public meeting on Wednesday, January 17 from 6-8 p.m. Or contact Corky Broaddus at, 509-548-6662; or Julia Pinnix at, 509-548-7641.

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Announcing the 2018 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship »

January 7th, 2018 in Salmon Fest News

Visit this page for more information and to download the 2018 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship Application Form.

Salmon Fest thanks you! »

November 11th, 2017 in Salmon Fest News

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, and contributors that made Salmon Fest 2017 a success!

Your efforts provided a worthwhile education experience for the teachers, students, and open-house participants that attended our 27th Annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival.

We look forward to 2018’s 28th Annual Salmon Fest!

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Schedule for 2017 »

August 15th, 2017 in Salmon Fest News

Salmon Festival Open House
Thursday, September 28, 3PM – 6PM

Please note that Thursday and Friday are student days, and there are no Saturday activities this year.

HOWEVER, following our student field trips on Thursday Sept. 28, we will be holding a free Salmon Festival Open House from 3PM to 6PM.

The Open House is open to students, families, and adults, and there will be activities for ALL ages. Please join us! Read more »

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Calendar Advisory »

August 15th, 2017 in Salmon Fest News

Wenatchee River “Salmon Fest”, September 28 and 29, 2017

-Press Release-

LEAVENWORTH, Washington– The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival invites you to our 27th year of School Days and an Open House being held on Sept. 28th and 29th. Don’t miss this unique nature festival that has been awarded many achievements, throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the “Best Children’s Program” by the International Festivals and Events Association. Read more »

2017 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Scholarship Contest Winner »

July 25th, 2017 in Salmon Fest News

We are very proud to present the 27th annual Nancy Duree Memorial Scholarship of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival to Ephrata High School graduating senior, Dalton Thomas.

This $1,500 award provides funding towards his educational pursuit of higher education in the field of natural resources. Dalton’s focus is in conservation management of fish and wildlife. Dalton will be attending Washington State University this fall. Thank you, Dalton, for your hard work and interest in our beautiful outdoors!

2017 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted »

January 31st, 2017 in Salmon Fest News

Do you know an aspiring biologist or natural resource student who would benefit from a $1500 tuition scholarship from an accredited college or university? Eligible 2017 graduating high school seniors may apply now for the 2017 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival’s Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship. Read more »

National Geographic Travel Article

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival gets “Best Food Festival” in Washington State from National Geographic Travel »

August 29th, 2016 in Salmon Fest News

“A collaborative project of Native American tribes throughout the Northwest showcases traditional fishing and cooking of salmon as well as storytelling and handicrafts.” Read more »


2016 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Poster Contest Winners »

June 9th, 2016 in Salmon Fest News

Leavenworth, Wash.- The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is proud to announce that Danielle Peterson, a third-grade student from Lewis and Clark Elementary, is this year’s Grand Prize Poster Contest for the 2016 festival.

Danielle’s colorful and amazing poster is the new ‘O-FISH-al’ Festival poster and will be used to publicize the 26th Annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival throughout the region. Read more »

Salmon Fest Website Changes »

May 23rd, 2016 in Salmon Fest News

You’ll probably notice we’re updating the look, feel, and content of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website. New additions include a comprehensive English-to-Spanish translation capability, as well as a direct feed from the Salmon Fest Facebook page. Visit frequently to get the latest on what’s happening at Salmon Fest!

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