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Chamber, city gearing up for start of 61st Silver Salmon Derby


August 4, 2016 | View PDF

Do you know how to tell summer is coming to an end? Many know by the change in the weather, but in Seward it is the annual Silver Salmon Derby. With the Captain’s kick-off BBQ at the Derby booth on Friday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., where captains and vendors come to grab a bite to eat and all they need to participate. Anglers begin to crowd the dock eager to start at 6 a.m. on Aug. 13. Some fish until the event ends at 12 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Many prizes, including $10,000 for the first-place award, as well as $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third will be awarded. Also being awarded will be a “tagged fish” worth anywhere from $50,000 to the “Derby Double” a 2016 Chevy Equinox. Additionally, don’t forget the mystery fish and $1,000 “Yellow Copy” drawing held at the awards BBQ at the Branson Pavilion at 4 p.m. on Aug. 21.

“As one of the oldest fishing derbies in the state of Alaska, this event is revered by anglers all over the world,” said Seward Chamber of Commerce’s GeNeil Flaherty. “You can find stories in magazines and newspapers: even hear tales on radio shows. The Seward Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seward are excited to host the 61st Silver Salmon Derby and we hope to see you there. Pack up the family and your fishing gear for your chance to take home some salmon, and maybe some cold, hard cash.”

Residents can also volunteer at the derby booth. Individuals interested in volunteering can call the chamber at (907) 224-8051.


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