Copper River Salmon Jam!:
Celebrating the salmon that sustain us year-round!
Salmon Jam is an annual cultural event that benefits the residents and visitors of Cordova and helps to make our community a place where people want to live year-round. Sustainable Alaskan fisheries, salmon ecology, and the importance of salmon to local economies are shared with festival-goers through hands-on activities, booths, displays, and is at the heart of the entire event. Not only do patrons enjoy the activities and guest musicians during Salmon Festival weekend, but Salmon Jam Music Festival is the annual fundraiser for Cordova Arts Council and proceeds from Salmon Jam help support year-round cultural and education activities in Cordova. In past years, these funds have offset the costs of hosting amazing performers like Martha Redbone, Steven’s Marionettes, Metales M5, Versastyle Hip Hop Dancers, and much more! These cultural activities make art available to our isolated community and educate Cordova youth, with artists offering special performances during the school day for all students.
A core of community-partners meet year-round to plan and organize this event, which celebrates the wild Alaska salmon that are key to the diverse lifestyles of the Copper River region; and for two days a year (this year, it’s Friday & Saturday, July 14-15) an army of volunteers come together to make it happen!
Copper River Salmon Jam would not happen without the staff and resources of Copper River Watershed Project; and its strategic partnerships with organizations like the Copper River Marketing Association have also helped to provide national exposure to Cordova and Copper River salmon by involving visiting media guests into festival activities. After an awesome weekend of food, music, runs, education and fun, these writers and chefs promote Cordova and Copper River salmon in online and print media and help connect consumers of salmon with the unique fishing culture of Cordova as well as the healthy and delicious salmon that fill our waters and sustain us year-round. Community partners like Prince William Sound Science Center, United States Forest Service, and Native Village of Eyak provide staff and materials to educate children and adults about the importance of salmon, their habitat, and our role as caretakers and consumers. Cordova District Fishermen United hosts an annual fillet demonstration, working with local processors to showcase the skills and speed of local fillet masters!
By contributing to this event (whether you are a “spawnsor“, volunteer, or patron), you will help to increase awareness about Copper River Salmon and make Cordova a more vibrant place with year-round art and cultural activities!
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