Members of FINN (Friends in need now) practice their steps inside a giant

Salmon daze!

Sointula celebrates with annual Salmon Days festival.

SOINTULA—With music, food, games — and, of course, a giant salmon — Malcolm Islanders celebrated their annual Salmon Days festival last weekend.

Most of the action took place Saturday, starting with the traditional parade along First Street. Revelers then moved up to the local ball field, which was filled with vendor tables, and entertainment stage, beer garden and dunk tank.

Performers included Duncan’s Masimba Marimba, who brought the sound of Africa with a unique, six-piece collection of marimbas in varying sizes. Several local musicians also performed, including transplanted local blues legend David Essig.

Kids were treated to activities including craft painting and gold panning, while the “Sea Dogs” barbecued salmon on traditional cedar racks over a long, open-pit fire for the evening dinner.

Following Saturday night’s dance, the weekend wrapped up with the popular pancake breakfast Sunday morning.

See this week’s Gazette for a selection of images captured in Sointula …