Salmon festival at Mission Creek Park

Celebrate the return of the spawning Kokanee salmon on Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m, to 3 p.m.

This year’s Kokanee Salmon Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Come out this Sunday, Sept. 9, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and enjoy free concerts by one of Canada’s top children’s entertainers and celebrate the return of the Kokanee salmon with fun and activities for every member of your family in Mission Creek Regional Park.

Thanks to the generous support of Kelowna’s Baby & Me, Marnie Grey is the headline act. Her shows sell out across the country but at the Kokanee Salmon Festival, families will have the chance to experience two free concerts.

Billed as “one of the hottest entertainers around” by B.C. Parent Magazine and “one of Canada’s most talked about musicians” by West Coast Families Magazine, Grey puts a huge smile on the face of every child she meets and entertains.

The Kokanee Salmon Festival is one the largest free community events, attracting families from all over the Central Okanagan and thanks to the support of over 24 community organizations and several local businesses, the festival has expanded.

Cupcasions and Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate are teaming up to cut into a huge cupcake cake specially designed for the festival.  Central Okanagan Search and Rescue will use its underwater camera in the spawning channel so you can see the Kokanee up close without getting wet.

And the Royal Astronomical Society of B.C. will bring three different telescopes for you to safely view the sun, learn about “fishy” constellations and how light pollution affects wildlife.

Central Okanagan Boy Scouts will also bring their Adventure Bridge that last year saw kids lining up for their chance to climb it.

The Nylon Zoo, from Vancouver, is also returning to the Kokanee Salmon Festival with its large inflatable salmon tent.

The Kokanee Salmon Festival is a celebration of the land-locked salmon and coincides with the yearly return from Okanagan Lake to spawn in our rivers and streams.  It’s a chance for people to learn about the salmon life cycle and the important role they have in our natural world. There are also important natural, cultural and historical components to the festival.

A band council member of the Wesbank First Nation will open the festival with a ceremony and dedication to the salmon.

Families are invited to bring a picnic, play in our park, learn how and where to fish, go on a treasure hunt, learn bird identification, go on community bike ride, and enjoy all of the exciting festivities at the Kokanee Salmon Festival.

Kelowna Capital News