PALMER— This Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Alaska Center is hosting Palmer’s take on the annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day at the Palmer Train Depot.

As summer comes to a close and salmon make their way to the ocean, this event is meant to celebrate everything that has to do with this coveted species of fish.

“The event is to celebrate salmon in Alaska and the fact we have this really great wild resource that so many people depend on,” Adrian Baer Mat-Su organizer for the Alaska Center said.

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The Alaska Center hosts this statewide event and cities across the state participate each year. All these statewide events coincide during the week of Alaska Wild Salmon Day, which is on August 10. In 2016, former Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 128 into law, officially recognizing the day.

In Palmer, there will be live music with local vendors, most of whom will offer education and activities relevant to wild salmon. There will also be food trucks on site in addition to local art and produce for sale.

Admission is free and each attendee will receive a free raffle ticket, according to Baer. He said the prizes will come from local businesses.

Baer said the Valley is home to five species of salmon. He said attendees will have the chance to learn how to reduce human impact on local streams amongst other salmon educational opportunities.

“Salmon is our lifeblood, it is our culture, our heritage and at the center of what makes us Alaskans. Because of this we work year long to support and protect our valuable salmon resource… But once a year we just want to celebrate this incredible Alaskan resource and throw a party!” stated on the Alaska Center’s website.

For more information and to see other events around the state, visit: aksalmonday.com

Contact Mat-Su Valley reporter Jacob Mann at: jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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