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New directors set to continue tradition Philip Raphael
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hy does anyone take on the responsibility of helping guide, create and put on one of the largest July 1 celebrations in the entire country? It was simple for Kirstine Dickson and Brenda Yttri — tradition. Both grew up with the Steveston Salmon Festival. It was a part of their childhoods and now as parents and active members of the Steveston community — Yttri is president of the Steveston Community Society and Dickson is a director — they felt it necessary to take up the challenge and keep the enthusiasm for the uniquely Steveston event not only going strong, but elevate and freshen up the July 1 bash that draws people not only from the rest of Richmond, but from around the Lower Mainland and even outside of B.C. “I remember going to the pancake breakfast and watching the parade as a tiny child and being amazed by the baton-twirling by the majorettes,” said Dickson, who has lent her time to the Salmon Festival for the past nine years. “I have so many great memories of family and sports teams surrounding the whole event that this was an important thing to help out with. So, when there was an opportunity to lend a hand as a co-chair of the festival, I
had the experience.” Yttri, who has lived in West Richmond her entire life and joined first the community centre board about 30 years ago, said her decision to get involved was akin to passing the torch of responsibility to the next generation. “I realized that I was fortunate to be involved with the board when there were people like Ted Lorenz, Jack Gilmore and Ron Kemp who were so involved and had all of this great knowledge and reminded us of our roots,” Yttri said. “And I used to admire that and thought I’d just keep on volunteering and let the executive do what they did.” But she came to a realization a few years ago that she, as the years had passed, had become one of those experienced people who formed the core of the community society and Salmon Festival. “I thought it was time to get more involved,” Yttri said. Dickson said her favourite aspect of the festival is the effect it has in bringing people together. “It’s all about the people you know coming to see what Steveston is,” she said. “And it’s really important that we celebrate our thing.” And that thing is undergoing some subtle changes this year. “I think we’re bringing a little bit of a fresh look at things,” Dickson said. “I have friends
n Kirstine Dickson (left) and Brenda Yttri are co-chairs of the Steveston Salmon Festival. Photo by Philip Raphael/Richmond News
who come to the parade and then go home because they think things are too busy. Then there’s other locals who get out of town for the holiday because they also think things are too busy. “I want to bring the locals back and say, ‘this is fun again, this is what I missed.’” Part of that is a return this year of the carnival at the Salmon Festival where young and old alike can play some games and have a good time. The changes also include relocating the main stage to the parking lot across the street
to relieve congestion on the community centre grounds. There’s also the addition of a food truck festival — with as many as 26 trucks — to help cater to the rush of hungry visitors who in past years overwhelm the limited number of food vendors on the festival site. Plus, this July 1 has an expanded list of activities for youth to enjoy themselves. “We are doing so many neat things this year that we hope to encourage people to not go away or not come down,” Dickson said. “People can expect to see some fun, positive, family-styled changes.”
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Salmon Festival n The revived Spirit of Steveston float is becoming a popular attraction, not only at the Steveston Salmon Festival, but also at other events across the region. File photo
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here’s something about a float that just makes a parade. Kids love watching them come down the street. They make people smile.” So says Brenda Yttri, president and co-chair of the Steveston Salmon Festival board, and one of many Stevestonites who helped revive the float a few years ago, after years of absence from the festival’s marquee Canada Day parade. This year, the Spirit of Steveston float will glide down Moncton Street on its electric, selfpropelled chassis carrying a big Canada 150 birthday cake as Sammy the Sockeye swims around to high fin happy onlookers along the way; although sometimes he’ll catch a ride on the top.
The float, an 18-foot seiner boat, changes each year to accommodate new themes. This year, of course, will feature Canada 150 decorations. Yttri says many volunteer hours go into making the float what it is. She said it is vital to have the parade organizers represented in their own parade. Plus, “people get really excited to see the float. They know it’s from Steveston, their home,” said Yttri. Importantly, the float is also used to go to other community events in the Lower Mainland to raise awareness for Steveston Village as a place to visit. This year, Spirit of Steveston won several awards, including best float, at the Hayak Festival in New Westminster. By participating in other parades, the board is also able to procure some of the best floats from around the region, to bring to Steveston on Canada Day.
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A little Q&A with Sammy the Salmon Graeme Wood
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n Sammy the Salmon will be front and centre at the Steveston Salmon Festival parade. Be sure to high-five him or give his fin a gentle slap. Photo by Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market
Q: How long does it take you to get dressed? A: Just like most folks, one leg at a time. The hardest part is getting my pants on over my tail fin. With a little flip of my pectoral fins, my shirt is on and I spend a few minutes getting my tie just right so I look my best for my fans. Q: Where did you get your hat? A: There is an old Dungeness crab milliner who operates out of the kelp beds near Galiano Island. Any discerning salmon knows this is the only place to get the best hats. Q: What Fraser River tributary are you from? A: I spawned in the Upper Fraser near the Nechako Valley, and spent my first year exploring many parts of the watershed as I traveled south to begin my journey out to the Pacific Ocean for a few years, so I could grow big and strong. Q: What was it like growing up as a juvenile salmon? A: I had a lot of fun hanging out all over the Lower Fraser with my fry buddies, but my favourite place ended up being around Steveston. I didn’t like schooling so much, but it was important to learn about the tides and study the dangers of the open ocean and practice navigation and other lessons to help me live a long and healthy life. Q: What’s your favourite thing to do in Steveston Park? A: I love meeting all the kids and their families, and see the smiling happy faces of people celebrating Canada Day. I also like to cool off in the waterpark when no-one is looking!
Q: During the parade, do you shake my hand or do I slap your ﬁn? A: Fin slaps and high fives are easier for me. Q: What is a typical day like, swimming around Steveston Harbour? A: After I wake up at dawn I like to go for a swim around Shady Island, then enjoy a breakfast of krill and zooplankton. I usually spend my day exploring the shorelines between Steveston and Hope, darting in and out of the boats and ships working the river. Sometimes I’ll visit with my sturgeon friends, some of whom are hundreds of years old and remember the days when our human friends were mostly indigenous peoples. I love to hear their stories from a time when there were only canoes on the waters. Q: What can Stevestonites and visitors to your home do to ensure you and your friends stay healthy and happy? A: The best thing for me and my friends is clean, unpolluted waters. There are lots of things already being done by a lot of caring people to ensure that our watersheds are protected, but it is important our human friends remain diligent. Never dump garbage into the rivers and streams, and if you see a little yellow fish painted on the roads beside culverts and drainage grates, that means anything that washes down there ends up in the river or ocean so don’t dump anything that could hurt us such as cigarette butts, pesticides, oil, paint, solvents or anything other than rain water! I love to see shoreline cleanup days because that helps a lot, but at the same time I feel sad to still see so much garbage being dumped in my living room.
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here’s always a great lineup of live entertainment at the annual Steveston Salmon Festival. And this year is no different. It’s just that where the live sounds and DJ-guided music will ring out from has changed. And in keeping with the party spirit to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, an accompanying beer garden will keep the thirsty crowd going later than usual — 10 p.m. The stage will now be located across Moncton Street opposite the Steveston Community Centre, in the parking lot now used for the summer farmers’ market. Adjacent to the stage will be the beer garden, which will feature a nice Richmondspecific touch, since it will be run by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. “They (Steveston Salmon Festival committee) came to us and we agreed to pour,” said Glen Hutton, owner and director of business development with Fuggles & Warlock, which brews their unique beers in a facility in the Ironwood area. On tap for the Salmon Festival will be a selection of four draft beers: Destiny IPA, Pixel Pilsner, Strawberry Wit and a Takumi Sour, if available. All will be dispensed in the beer garden that can seat 150 people at a time just adjacent to the stage, which will make it one of the most
popular places to be on July 1. “We plan on serving, probably, a couple of thousand people,” Hutton said, adding Fuggles & Warlock welcomed the opportunity to provide the beer as not only a brand awareness tool, but as a local company eager to support a traditional Richmond event that has a history of more than seven decades. “There’s no better marketing than having people see your product on the street,” Hutton added. “Plus, this is such a great event where people come out and celebrate Canada’s birthday. “This is sure to be an interesting venture, especially since there will not be a beer garden at the Buck and Ear this year,” Hutton said, adding the Salmon Festival’s beer garden will be in operation on July 1 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., then again on July 2 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. On the Saturday night, the main stage will come to life at noon, following the end of the Salmon Festival parade that starts at 10 a.m. That’s when the opening ceremonies and singing of Oh Canada will take place. Salmon Festival organizers said they decided to relocate the main stage this year to provide more room on the community centre grounds for other activities. Plus, the convoy of food trucks that will be on hand to help feed the expected large crowds will conveniently border two sides of the parking lot, making it a great place to stop off, have a bite, a beer and enjoy some great live music.
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Canadian blues legends to rock Moncton Local rock and blues bands highlight festival’s main stage, emceed by Doktor Strange GRAEMEWOOD Staff Reporter
pair of veteran entertainers will mark their rookie performances at the 2017 Steveston Salmon Festival this Saturday. And one popular, local band will make a long-awaited return. The festival’s marquee performance on the main stage will be Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues, who will be introduced by popular emcee Doktor Strange — both of whom have entertained crowds at the River Rock Casino Resort, but will mark their first performance in the village at this, the 72nd installment of the festival. “I’ve been to Steveston and eaten the salmon. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun for the Salmon Festival,” remarked Lavin, who will lead his Juno-award winning band to the main stage at 5:30 p.m. Powder Blues is known as one of the best blues bands in Canada, having been a wellknown fixture on the country’s music scene for the past 40 years. The band considers itself somewhat of an underdog on the scene, having initially been shrugged off by record labels in their early days. But persistence paid off and the Vancouver-based band has headlined a number of significant festivals over the years, en
route to selling over one million records worldwide. Lavin, who plays the guitar, said he’s excited for the outdoor performance on Moncton Street, where tens of thousands will stream in and out of the area. Powder Blues is expected to play a mix of hits (Boppin with the Blues, Doin It Right and Hear That Guitar Ring) and hidden gems. “We like to play a mix of our radio hits and things people haven’t heard. We certainly try to get to the tunes people aren’t expecting,” said Lavin, of his “rocking blues” style that should get the crowd’s heads bobbing and feet tapping. Powder Blues will be preceded on the main stage by Steveston-based cover band Urban Myth (1 p.m.), alternative rock band Line49 (2:30 p.m.) and rock band Thor (4 p.m.). Whiteside elementary pals Brad Kilburn (bass), Jimmy Coletsis (guitar), Johnny Fatiaki (guitar), Korianna Tylor (keyboards) and Steve Braithwaite (vocals) are to reunite, as Thor returns to the festival after initially playing there as teenagers 41 years ago. Concluding the evening will be a DJ from Hot Wax Mobile Music.
n Tom Lavin and Powder Blues, left, will headline the main stage at Salmon Fest. Emcee Doktor Strange, above, will guide the festivities. Photos submitted.
The emcee for the main stage will be the always-bizarre Steve Kaplan, otherwise known as Doktor Strange, who will see to it that festival-goers are up to speed on all the information. And, special magic tricks between acts could be in the cards, time permitting. “I’m expecting a long shift,” said the Doktor, who is a frequent emcee at the casino. “It’ll be good to party with Powder Blues. I’m excited about them getting in,” added the Doktor, who raised his children in Richmond and grew up in the township with his father, throughout the 1970s. “I remember the days we’d grab a seat on
the curb and watch the parade go by. I’m excited to return and take in the atmosphere. There’s definitely a lot of family memories of the Salmon Fest,” said the Doktor. As tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the festival, the Doktor will be roping in as many passersby to take in the family-friendly entertainment, which will be complemented by an adjacent beer garden. “You’ve got a fluid audience. People will want to see one act and go onto another thing. There’s a lot of info to convey throughout the whole day. When it’s time to engage the audience, I will be there.”
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ne of the longest running and most colourful traditions of the Steveston Salmon Festival parade is the one that actually gets the event rolling each year. It’s the annual Kid’s Bike Parade, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m., while the main parade follows at 10 a.m. The event is organized by the G&F Financial Group and the financial institution’s association goes back to the late 1970s when it had a branch in Steveston that forged deep connections with its members and surrounding community. “Our organization has been involved in supporting the Steveston Salmon Festival for more than 10 years and we always look forward to participating in such a fun and important community event,” said Stephanie Butler, a communications specialist with G&F Financial Group. Each May, G&F employees start planning the logistics for the event. And on July 1, they are out on the route bright and early. “We’ve partnered with the (Gulf of Georgia) Cannery to use their parking lot as our staging grounds for the kid’s bike parade,” Butler said. “We set up our tents and then the kids begin to arrive around 8:30 a.m.
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From that point, until the bike parade begins, our employees are kept busy handing out snacks, water and bike decorations.’ They also hand out participation ribbons and Canada Day pins from the Salmon Festival organizers to the kids before they leave for the parade route. “After the kids depart on their bikes, our employees dismantle the tents and make their way over to the main parade grounds,” Butler said. “Every year, we enter our G&F van in the parade and hand out items all along the route – this year, we’re giving out temporary tattoos.” The opportunity to be involved with the festival is heartfelt, Butler added. “As an organization, we are truly passionate about giving back to our local neighbourhoods,” she said. “We show our support in many ways – through donations, educational bursaries and also through our involvement in community events, such as the Salmon Festival in Steveston. “As a credit union, we are driven to support our members and the neighbourhoods that they call home. We have always had strong ties to the Steveston and Richmond communities and we treasure our involvement in this festival.” Jesse Nakatsuru, a G&F employee who See Parade page B9
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Salmon Festival n The kids bike parade is an integral part of the annual festivities in Steveston on Canada Day. File photo
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Parade 'evolved over time' From page B8 has been involved in the Salmon Festival since G&F started participating said: “I love volunteering for the Steveston Salmon Festival with G&F. I grew up and still live in Steveston, so I have fond memories of seeing the parade as a child and I love how the event has grown and evolved over time, but still remains so integral and relevant to the Steveston community.” Youngsters wanting to be part of the parade do not need register ahead of time. But they should bring their decorated bikes,
trikes and wagons to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery parking lot at the corner of Chatham and 4th Avenue beginning at 8:30 a.m. and no later than 9:15 a.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian — no exceptions. Helmets are mandatory for all riders and skaters. Departure time for the parade route is 9:30 a.m. The parade travels down 3rd Avenue then East on Moncton Street to the Community Police Station. For further information, email: BikeParade@StevestonSalmonfest.ca.
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n Guy Ciprian has been organizing food truck festivals, such as this one in Vancouver, for several years. The Steveston Salmon Festival will have its own 20-truck festival this Saturday. Photo submitted
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ver wondered how all those amazing food trucks manage to congregate at the same place at the same time when you turn up for an event? No? It’s magic, right? Well, it’s not. And it takes a whole lot of expertise to pull together, not least for the Salmon Festival’s first ever food truck festival on July 1. Across from the Steveston Community Centre – at Eastshore Avenue and Moncton Street – there will be around 20 trucks, serving up
all kinds of cuisine from around the globe. From a European dessert truck to Caribbean and Thai and Triple Os, just about every taste imaginable will be on offer. And it’s all down to Guy Ciprian, owner/operator of Savi Integrated Marketing, who has been tasked by the Salmon Festival committee to lay on the mini festival of fast food for the first time. “The community association created a live stage and a beer garden, so they thought (food trucks) would complement it,” said Ciprian. See 20 tasty page B11
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From page B10 “I started talking with the Salmon Festival people last fall and started booking the trucks as early as January. “It has been quite a challenge as there are big 150th celebrations all over the region; almost every city is having a big event. “The key, like anything, is to start early. If I waited too long, the ones that are still around are around for a reason.” Once the trucks are booked for the event, Ciprian has to make sure they each get a fire safety inspection from the city and a food inspection from Vancouver Coastal Health. “I’ve been organizing events for 25 years, but started to focus on food and beverage for the last three years,” he added. “There’s a huge demand for it.” On the day of the festival, Ciprian will be responsible for loading all the trucks into the area, making sure that sustainability issues are dealt with (use of recyclable products), handling point of sale issues, as well as mak-
n Guy Ciprian has been running food truck festivals in Richmond for several years and said some new ones will be there on Saturday. Photo submitted
ing sure all the trucks have adequate power and water. Ciprian has an impressive food truck festival CV, with clients including the City of Richmond (Ships to Shore, Maritime Festival and the recent King of the Sea), City of Vancouver and Sun Peaks.
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t’s going to be a helluva party Saturday – and the annual salmon donation by the Canadian Fishing Company is going to match it. With a huge crowd expected for the Salmon Festival in Steveston, the Richmond-based company, known as Canfisco, will be supplying the most salmon it ever has to the event. Instead of the usual 1,000 or so pounds
of salmon, Pam Nijar, Canfisco’s manager of traffic and logistics, said around 1,200 pounds will be delivered on Friday to the festival site. Their generosity equates to about 3,000 plates of six ounce portions, with all the proceeds going to the Steveston community. “We’re going to be extending the salmon bake sale hours, as well, so we can cope with all the customers,” Nijar told the Richmond See Canfisco page B15
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News, from the company’s Rice Mill Road office above the Massey Tunnel. “I’ll be there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the day, but we’ll basically be there until the salmon is gone. “We’re going to start serving at 10 a.m. this year, an hour earlier, because it’s going to be crazy busy.” Canfisco, said Nijar, has been supplying the salmon for the Salmon Festival for many years and this is her fourth year volunteering her time for the salmon bake. “We look after the salmon; we donate, bake and plate it. I also organize all the volunteers (mostly staff) and their family members and some students. “We need people for serving, taking cash,
mixing salad, racking the salmon, barbecuing, de-racking, plating and, of course, ticket sales. “It takes about 30 Canfisco staff to pull it off.” Nijar said the dry goods get delivered (cutlery, plates etc.) two days before the festival and she will personally deliver the salmon on Friday in a pick-up truck. “Shoreline will deliver the donated ice also on Friday and it’ll be stored in a reefer truck, donated by Save-On,” she added. “We will prep the area on Friday and finish it off early Saturday morning.” But will Nijar be partaking of the tasty, traditional Salmon Festival treat on Canada Day? “I’m a vegetarian, but I do love cooking. I don’t eat fish; but I do make great fish curries…for everyone else!”
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he Steveston Salmon Festival is one step closer to a zero waste celebration, all it needs is everyone to bring their own dishes and cutlery. That’s the goal set out in the Yes You Can! campaign initiated by the Steveston Salmon Festival organizers. Instead of reaching for the paper plates that gets composted and plastic cutlery that end up in the landfill, Ann Metcalfe, environment committee member, says about five to 10 people have participated in the past two years, since the festival started encouraging participants to bring their own dishes. “It might be 20 or 50 people out of 80,000, but it’s for people to look at their own values, and if they are really conscious of respecting the planet and its resources then this is something they can do to be aligned with their values and teach them to their
n Ann Metcalfe is urging people to bring their own plates to this year’s Salmon Festival. Photo submitted
kids,” said Metcalfe. Stationed next to the popular salmon barbeque, the environment booth will be entering those who show they’ve brought their own dishes into a prize draw, with items donated by the Richmond Environmental Programs Department. Winners will then be announced by phone, email
or presented at the booth at 5 p.m. There are also stickers for the kids. Although most waste from the festival gets recycled, Metcalfe believes reducing is still the best solution for the environment. “The compostable fits into the recycling, and this just takes it one step further.”
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his year, the fun is being brought back to the Steveston Salmon Festival in an old school way. In the baseball diamond area east of the community centre there will be a host of inflatables and midway/ carnival-style games to keep the young and not-so-young entertained. While there will not be any rides on the day, the
atmosphere will be rich with numerous games and exciting activities by Vancouver PartyWorks. “It’s really hard to book the rides from the right company for the day,” said Kirstine Dickson, co-chair of the Steveston Salmon Festival. “Plus, we’re not a big enough event and don’t need to book the rides for more than one day. “So, this is a good alternative and the little kids, especially, will enjoy it.” The hardest part about
adding the carnival was the need for an additional 60 or so volunteers to help run things. The activities this year include a fun house, mini golf, a quarterback blitz, an ocean adventure land, a Transformers obstacle course, slap shot hockey, a large slide, archery, plus a host of carnival games such as ring toss and penguin fish fling. “We’ll be offering all of this at a reasonable price that families can come and enjoy.” all day long.”
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hen 80,000 people flood the Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1, they would probably find it hard to believe that during the festival’s inception in 1945, Nobby Sakiyama, this year’s honorary parade marshal, was interned in B.C.’s abandoned mining town of Sandon and Lemon Creek. From internment to parade marshal, Sakiyama has come a long way, culminating in a year where different strands of his life, tied to Canada’s history, are coming together. “It’s an honour because remember, it’s the 150th birthday of Canada and if the weather
is good, it’s going to be a big parade and there will be a lot of people,” says Sakiyama. Not to mention he’s turning 80 in the fall and it’s also the 75th anniversary of the Japanese-Canadian internment. The Steveston native, whose grandfather settled in the village in 1893, was born at Richmond’s first hospital, established by the Japanese fishing community. At four-years-old, his family of 12 was “shipped out” to the B.C. Interior until the war ended in 1946. From there, the clan moved to Taber, Alberta to work in a sugar beet farm known for its treacherous working conditions and See Sakiyama page B19
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bit of old-school competition comes to the Steveston Salmon Festival every year that attracts those with major “green thumbs.” The annual Horticulture Show will present the best garden-grown examples of flowers and produce in the Net Shed building (indoor tennis courts) that becomes a veritable “oasis,” said Beverly Percival Smith, who has been the show’s coordinator of the past four years. “It’s the gardeners themselves,” Percival Smith said. “They are people who love what they do and are enthusiastic about what they bring.” Each year, about 50 or so keen growers enter the contest that can have up to as many as 132 categories, depending on what is entered. “People don’t always bring in everything to fill up each category,” she said. “There used to be a lot more, before people started to move out of their houses with yards and into apartments in towers. “So, it is becoming a smaller and smaller pool of people taking part. But I’ve been trying to grow things by giving people information this year about next year’s competition.” However, this year is expected to create more excitement than usual because the Richmond Gardening Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary. “They are going to have special table to promote themselves...,” Percival Smith said. The fact the horticulture show offers an out-of-the-way calming break from the rest of the festivities make it an almost hidden gem on July 1. “People kind of wander in from the Salmon Festival which is loud and exciting and come into our little oasis and ask, ‘What is this?’ because they don’t really know what it is,” Percival Smith said. “Mainly, they want to know if things are for sale. And none of it is.” But most remain intrigued about the competition, which is professionally judged. “Two judges are hired who are anonymous. One special-
Sakiyama a 'hall of famer' From page B18 where he lost his mother and sister to disease. When his family chose to resettle back in Steveston three years later, his adolescence revolved around the cannery and fishing with his father, helping to rebuild their lives. He then went on to become a high school math and physics teacher. He applied the same dedication to the Salmon Festival as he did for the community — when he began volunteering with his wife Elizabeth Sakiyama in 1996 — having been part of the set up crew, running the golf tournament and finally inheriting the horticulture show. Back when the horticulture show was a much smaller event, Sakiyama would enter as a contestant to boost the number of entries. He’d use the vegetables growing in his garden, like rhubarb, snow peas, currants and roses into a display for the professionally judged exhibit, pointing to the countless numbers
of first place to fourth place ribbons. After he retired from volunteering from the festival two years ago, he’s been considered for the honorary parade marshal position. It’s a kind of “hall of fame” explains Janice Froese, administrative coordinator of Steveston Salmon Festival, “it was his turn to be put into the class.” “He seems to have that little extra special something when it comes to gardening,” says Froese. “He’s very passionate about growing. Although I personally have never seen his garden, I’ve heard stories that he has a very beautiful garden.” Having organized the festival for 12 years, Froese recalls Sakiyama as a “humble” and “generous” man. “Everybody is very fond of him. He’s the kind of volunteer that you’d like to have around. He quietly does his thing, he works hard and he puts on a beautiful event.”
izes in roses, only. So that person knows exactly what they are looking at.” Judging takes place on July 1 from 10 a.m. until noon. Then the show is open to the public until 5 p.m. “The gardeners wake up very early in the morning and have to get their entries in by 8 a.m. They come in with their raw flowers, vegetables and fruit, then start creating their displays. Then no one is allowed to touch anything once done. “Some people have trouble resisting, because if they see something fluffy, they want to touch it, or smell it. And many times we don’t get the entries until the day before because they want to bring the very best at the very best of its life.”
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Be careful when going for a coffee with the co-chair of the Steveston Salmon Festival; you might end up in charge of one of the event highlights. That was the sentiment expressed by Isabelle Clements, who, after a short trip to Starbucks with Kirstine Dickson, ended up running this year’s carnival at the famous Canada Day festival. Clements, however, was more than happy to help Dickson and the community she’s called home for the last 15 years, especially after hearing how this year’s 150th birthday event was going to be one of the biggest in its long history. And, although it’s her first foray into getting her hands dirty behind the scenes at the festival, it’s by no means her maiden voyage into volunteering her time to run events of a sizable nature. “(Kirstine) said they were going to be needing lots of help, so I kind of jumped in,” said Clements, a professional, work-
ing mom of two boys, age nine and 13. “Been going to the festival for at least 12 years, so it’s nice to have an active role in it. I had ran another large scale event (an international airline race) in a previous life and thought it would be fun to get more deeply involved with my community.” Clements, a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic who lives in Westwind with her husband, Scott – who’s a Steveston London secondary teacher – said people can expect to see 10 different inflatables; mini-golf and 15 midway games at the this year’s festival carnival. And they’re going to use tickets for carnival-goers instead of all-day bands, so “everyone can get a good chance at the fun,” she added. “We obviously want people to come, but didn’t want a situation where there were huge line-ups.” A recent experience helping to run a friend’s daughter’s dry grad also laid the foundations for this year’s carnival. “At the festival over the years, they have had carnival-like events, some good, See 60 volunteers page B21
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Good logo 'tells the story' From page B22 the organizers and I’ve always wanted to give back to the Salmon Festival. It’s cool to see my work out there, but for this one, Canada 150, it’s extra special. I see the logo everywhere now,” said Johnson. And what makes a good logo?
“A good logo has to tell the story of the event or what you’re trying to sell. Be clean and simple. If you’re on a bus, you want to see it clearly, you don’t want miss mashy stuff that makes you ask what it is,” said Johnson. Special, red festival t-shirts featuring the logo are now available for sale at the Steveston Community Centre.
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