Carmen Burrows

Sointula celebrates Salmon Days

The three-day annual festival on Malcolm Island draws a crowd.



SOINTULA—Sunny skies, warm temperatures and the biggest crowd in recent memory highlighted the annual Salmon Days weekend here.

The three-day festival began with a steak dinner at The Bistro and entertainment at Whale’s Rub Pub Friday night and wrapped up with a pancake breakfast and art and museum tours Sunday.

Most of the activities took place Saturday, starting with the Salmon Days Parade down 1st Street that featured numerous wildly costumed entries.

The crowd then moved up the hill to the local ballfield for an afternoon of kids’ games and activities, live music on the ballfield stage, numerous craft vendor tables, a beer garden and dunk tank.

At the same time, the stars of the weekend — the salmon — were baked in traditional fashion over a huge, open-pit fire for the afternoon’s dinner.