Sawtooth Salmon Festival on this weekend despite fires and smoke
Photo: Image by Idaho Rivers United
Despite smoke billowing from the mountains and sinking into the Wood River Valley, Idaho Rivers United (IRU) will host its annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival on Saturday, August 24th in Stanley, where the sky is still clear.
The festival will be held at the Stanley Historical Museum off Highway 75, between Stanley and Lower Stanley. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The event kicks off with the Shoshone-Bannock Blessing of the Salmon. Live music will be featured all day from Dan Costello, the Hokum Hi-Flyers, Blaze & Kelly and Steve Fulton.
IRU will lead four educational tours of spawning sockeye and chinook salmon throughout the day, as well as the Sunbeam Dam Tour. There will also be vendors, artwork, kids’ activities and a presentation by Jo Deurbrouck, author of "Anything Worth Doing".
In the evening, IRU provides a wild sockeye salmon dinner for $15 per person. Wine and beer from Sockeye Brewing will flow all day.
Although other parts of Idaho have been hit with smoke Stanley has stayed mostly clear.
“We understand these fires have been very difficult for residents in different parts of the state,” Idaho Rivers United Membership Director Jessica Murri said, “but we hope the Sawtooth Salmon Festival provides respite from the smoke, a good meal, and a good time.”