Alaskans get wild about salmon
Visit aksalmonday.com for a list of events around Alaska.
an annual date to commemorate the beloved fish and its importance to life in the north. Events—which often include eating salmon— take place in cities across the state. So, in case you need an excuse to chow down on some salmon, this is a pretty good one.
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Competition gets serious during the pie eating contest.
CELEBRATE THE BERRY Annual blueberry festival
WHY HIKE TO A BLUEBERRY STASH when you could ride a chairlift? The weekend of August 17 and 18, Alyeska Resort is holding its annual blueberry festival and will be offering free chairlift rides to berry stashes on the mountain. This is the resort’s 12th annual celebration of Alaska’s short blueberry season. Each year more than 10,000 people turn out for two days of blueberry creation contests, pie eating contests, a 5K fun run, art booths, local vendors, and live music.
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SALMON-FLAVORED VODKA. SALMON leather wallets. A salmon-themed music festival. A plane painted with a 129-foot-long Alaskan king salmon. Salmon are pretty much ubiquitous in The Last Frontier, and on August 10, the state will celebrate its fourth Alaska Wild Salmon Day,
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Alaska Magazine July 2019