Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska
For five years, the name Salmonstock was intimately linked to the Renewable Resources Foundation (RRF) and the struggle to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from potential ravages of the proposed Pebble Mine. Both the festival and the organization have been extraordinarily effective at achieving interlinking success to both endeavors. Salmonstock galvanized the people of Alaska in a manner rarely seen, which helped create a foundation for a grassroots effort that allowed the dissemination of information.
The new festival incarnation, SALMONFEST, will now emerge to carry on the vision of protecting Alaskan salmon and its habitat, throughout the state. Salmon is one of the most unifying elements that bind Alaskans.
Kachemak Bay Conservation Society (KBCS), a Kenai Peninsula based nonprofit, has taken over the administration of SALMONFEST, while continuing to grow the festival. Festival staff, including producer Jim Stearns and assistant producer Jeffrey Abel (along with the hard-working and talented production team) will remain in place. Artist Ray Troll, whose art and talent has played a key role in the festival since inception, will remain an integral part of the festival imagery as we go forward. A new component to the festival will be the participation of the nonprofit Cook Inletkeeper, as a prime sponsor and partner in the educational component of the festival.
The festival will return to the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, in Ninilchik, AK, on the same first weekend of August, and keep much of the foundational components of the festival in place.
As SALMONFEST becomes the new incarnation of Salmonstock, we wish to emphasize and celebrate the connection all Alaskans have to the fish and the waters, and the value these magnificent resources provide. We urge everyone from all over the state, and even the country, to come together for SALMONFEST weekend, to find camaraderie in the issues that unite us and put aside the things that divide us. Together let’s continue to move forward and celebrate wild Alaska in a weekend of Fish, Fun and Music!