Skagit River Salmon Festival

11 am - 6 pm, September 8, 2018 • Edgewater Park | Mount Vernon, WA


News & Good Stuff


We are ramping up for the 2018 Skagit River Salmon Festival at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, Washington. Learn what's new for 2018, plus see some of the images that shaped this festival into a great community event.
Joy Pesaturo Selected as 2018 Festival Artist
Anacortes artist Joy Pesaturo is the 2018 Skagit River Salmon Festival's featured artist. Pesaturo says she was drawn to the "natural beauty and colors of the spawning salmon."  This, combined with the story of their journey back to their home waters to continue the life cycle, gave Pesaturo the inspiration to begin her Journey series.

Pesaturo primarily works in acrylic; however, she also does some water color and collage work. Her use of a vibrant contrasting and complimentary color palette of red, orange, blue, turquoise, and shades of green are striking. The Journey paintings are both visually and physically textural. Pesaturo says she uses a several step wash and glazing process to create the watery background. The salmon are created primarily with a palette knife applying several layers of color.

"My salmon are more impressionistic than realistic as I am an abstract artist at heart," Pesaturo said. "I am working to have them be somewhat physically accurate."

Pesaturo sells her works via the online galleries VANGO and SAATCHI Art. She currently teaches art to 400 elementary students at Fidalgo Elementary in Anacortes.


"I love creating new and interesting lessons for my students and teaching them about the art of lesser known artists both current and past," Pesaturo said.

Festival Seeks Featured Artist for 2018
The Skagit River Salmon Festival is inviting all artists to apply to be the Festival’s Featured Artist for 2018. The Featured Artist will create a unique work of art to be used for the Festival’s commemorative poster and promotions.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest along with three electronic samples of your work no later than 5 p.m., February 16, 2018. We also encourage artists to include a résumé and/or bio of their professional accomplishments. If artists have a professional website or Facebook page, please be sure to include the address link.

Artist Benefits
In exchange for creating the artwork, the Festival can offer the following benefits and exposure for the artist:

• A 10x10 booth space at the Festival where the artist can sell artwork and merchandise items commission free. Plus be part of the ‘Passport’ activity to drive traffic to the artist’s booth.

• Cover art and featured article about the artist in our 24-page color Festival Guide, which is inserted into the
Skagit Valley Herald and Anacortes American as well as available to Festival attendees.

• Recognition and links to artist’s business on the Festival’s website at SkagitRiverFest.org.

• Featured posts on our social media sites—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Send letters of interest and application materials to SkagitRiverFest@gmail.com. In late February, we will contact the selected artist to discuss the artwork design. The finished piece will need to be completed by April 15. Skagit River Salmon Festival keeps the original art and reserves the right, in perpetuity, to reproduce it for promotional purposes.

For questions, please contact Kevin Tate, Board President, at (360) 848.4477 or skagitriverfest@gmail.com.

Click here for Featured Artist Information Packet>

Recess Monkey Headlines Family Show at Festival
(08.01.2017)
Recess Monkey
is a nationally acclaimed trio of teachers – Jack Forman (vocals, bass), Drew Holloway (lead vocals, guitar) and Korum Bischoff (drummer) – who make smart rock and pop music for kids and families.

The talented band's new album, Novelties, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album.

The band plays the Festival starting at 11 a.m.

Time Out New York named them as one of the top three family music bands in America, and as USA Today notes, “There are bands you can’t go wrong with, and this is one of them.”

The band tours nationally and has appeared at Symphony Space in NYC, World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and with Teatro ZinZanni and the Seattle Symphony in their home town, among many other venues. Recess Monkey also leads Seattle’s Kindiependent artist collective.

Most weekdays, young fans around the world chat with Forman during his “Live from the Monkey House” show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Their previous 12 albums have won numerous awards and international acclaim.

To learn more about Recess Monkey visit www.recessmonkey.com.

Caspar Babypants to Play at Festival
(06.28.2016)
Enjoy fun family tunes with Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew from The Presidents of the United States of America). Caspar makes music for the very small and their parents that is simple fantastical stories and sing along songs. 

Caspar plays 11 a.m. on September 10. FREE!
The Paperboys Are Coming!
(05.27.2016)
We've been busy since last September planning an even bigger Festival for 2016. Highlighting our music stage will be THE PAPERBOYS playing a mix of extremely danceable tunes. 

Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. Their music has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife, and they've been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. 

Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although they are by no means a funk band. It's a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-generational band you will want to come out and hear.

See you September 10! https://youtu.be/5Yrma5I9zt4
Bakke Named 'Featured Artist' for 2016
(01.12.2016)
Karen Bakke
is again the Featured Artist for 2016. Last year, her artwork Upriver was an oil on canvas painting that wonderfully captured sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn upriver. We look forward to unveiling Karen's new artwork this spring. The 2016 Festival will be held Saturday, September 10.

Karen's local art history has mainly focused on freelance graphic design and visual effects. Karen has also worked on an array of artistic sideline ventures, one of the “biggest” being theatrical backdrops. This last year, Karen says she has committed 110 percent in pursuit of her final career— fine art. She is enthralled to discover and unveil the once mysterious world of oil painting and has taken it one step further—to paint en plein air, a French expression that means “in the open air,” along with her studio artwork. Karen belongs to the Salish Sea Plein Air Painters and is a board member of the Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA).


You may find more work and contact information at thebakkegallery.com.

Golfers: Get Your Teams Together!
(6.01.2015)
Calling all golfers ... join us for the 1st Annual Skagit River Salmon Festival Golf Scramble fundraiser event on Friday, July 31 at the beautiful Swinomish Golf Links in Anacortes. Shotgun start at 1 p.m.

$1,000 Foursome, includes:
  • Four-Person Team in Golf Tournament
  • Four seats at Post-Tournament banquet hosted at the Swinomish                    Casino & Lodge
  • Steelhead SPAWNsorship Level for 2015 Skagit River Salmon Festival
o Company listing in official Festival Program Guide
o One-third page black & white ad in Festival Program Guide
o Website link form Festival website to your company website

Swinomish Golf Links is an 18 hole, par 72 course located on beautiful Fidalgo Island. The links style course offers open tree lined fairways, approachable greens, and many elevation changes, as well as some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Baker and Fidalgo Bay.
Puget Sound DockDogs to Return

(5.07.2015)

We're bringing the Puget Sound DockDogs back for two days of fur-flying fun! This year the competition is open to any dog - regardless of breed, size, shape, or ability. Registration information will be coming soon.


Utilizing a 40-foot pool, dogs and their owners will compete in the following aquatic events:

•  Big Air (long jump)
•  Extreme Vertical (high jump)
•  Speed Retrieve (fastest dog to the end of the pool wins the race)


It’ll be a thrill to watch these four-legged athletes via for “Iron Dog” honors.

Big Night Celebrates SPAWNsors & Community
(10.15.2014)
We had a wonderful thank you party for our 2014 Festival SPAWNsors at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Besides thanking all our SPAWNsors for making the Festival a success (6,000 festival-goers!), the highlight of the evening was the opportunity for the board to present checks in the amount of $5,000 to both the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and the Children's Museum of Skagit County.

Funds to NWIC will go towards a student scholarship in Native Environmental Sciences. The Festival shares their mission in support of environmental stewardship, conservation and revitalization.

The Children's Museum will use the money to develop The Mighty Skagit—A Wondrous Watershed Exhibit. The exhibit hopes to instill in young people the love of nature, the distinctive charms of the Skagit River watershed and its natural beauty, history and resources.
Historic Snakelum Canoe On Display For Festival

(09.03.2014)

During your Festival time, be sure to visit the Swinomish Lodge lobby to view the newly restored Snakelum Canoe.


The Snakelum Canoe is over 160 years old and one of the oldest examples in existence of a Coast Salish Family Canoe. It was carved from a red cedar tree between 600 and 800 years old. One of the first documented owners was Chief Snetlum of the Lower Skagit Tribe on Penn Cove. After Snetlum’s death in 1852 the canoe passed to his sons, Kwuss ka nam and Hel mits: both men signed the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott that created the Swinomish Reservation.


The Snakelum Canoe, on loan from the Island County Historical Society Museum in Coupeville, is a historic vessel whose useful life began as pioneers started claiming Native lands in Western Washington. It ended as the newly built Deception Pass Bridge linked Fidalgo and Whidbey islands for the countless automobiles that effectively ended traditional water travel.


In 2012, Museum Director Rick Castellano initiated a restoration project to stabilize and repair the badly damaged vessel, an effort partially funded by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and recently completed.


For Castellano, this important cultural artifact is a “living thing” that tells the story of the First People who occupied this region for almost 10,000 years. Accordingly, this fall it will become the centerpiece of the new Native American exhibit at the museum.


D'Arienzo 2014 Festival Featured Artist
(09.02.2014)
Nancyé D’Arienzo is the 2014 Skagit River Salmon Festival featured artist. Her piece—The Journey—is pastel on sandpaper and will grace this year's program guide cover. It's a beautiful illustration of returning sockeye salmon and was inspired from an image taken by underwater photographer David Hall. 

D’Arienzo is a pastelist and children’s art teacher who lives and teaches in Mount Vernon. Her choice medium is pastel on archival sandpaper. This combination creates vibrant colors with an opaque finished product thanks to the tooth of the paper, which can hold many layers of color. D’Arienzo hopes that her work inspires people to continue protecting the beauty and life of the salmon and watershed.
Fur Flyin' Fun with Puget Sound DockDogs
(08.01.2014)

New this year! Come watch the fur flyin’ fun of the Puget Sound DockDogs—the world’s premier canine aquatics competition. 


Utilizing a 40-foot pool, dogs and their owners from Washington, Oregon and Canada will compete in the following aquatic events:

•  Big Air (long jump)
•  Extreme Vertical (high jump)
•  Speed Retrieve (fastest dog to the end of the pool wins the race)


It’ll be a thrill to watch these four-legged athletes via for “top dog” honors.



Kidz Zone News
(06.18.2014)
We are thrilled to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is partnering with the Festival to run the Kidz Zone this year. Look for activity stations that are fun and engaging with a focus on Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Citizenship, and Academic Success.

http://www.skagitraisesgreatkids.org/
New Location, Better than Ever
(02.26.2014)
Mark your calendar for the Skagit River Salmon Festival on September 6, in a new location this year at the scenic waterfront park next to the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. 

This is a free family festival celebrating the return of the salmon and our mighty Skagit River. Live music, great food, cultural activities, arts and crafts, hands-on demonstrations, and lots of fun activities for all ages—young and old! 

The Festival is currently seeking local artisans and vendors who wish to sell their crafts at the event and SPAWNsors wanting great exposure for their business. For information, please contact Jackie at (360) 542-7912 or skagitriverfest@gmail.com.
Festival Coordinator RFPs Now Being Accepted
(11.12.3013)
The Skagit River Salmon Festival Board of Directors is seeking proposals from qualified individuals and/or companies to provide complete event coordination services to ensure the 2014 Festival continues to build on the achievements of its first two years. 

The one day Festival is planned for Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, Washington.
 

Proposals must be received via email no later than 5 p.m., Monday, November 25, 2013.

 

  • Email proposals to: tate@skagitpud.org
  • Total proposal length should not exceed six (6) pages. 
  • Please put “Festival Coordinator Proposal” in the subject line  
  • Proposals will be reviewed for completeness and evaluated based on the content provided within the scored sections. 

Salmon Fishing Derby at Festival
(9.03.2013)
Grab your fishing poles! The humpies are running in the Skagit River. In partnership with the city of Mount Vernon, the Ray Reep Salmon Derby will be joining us at Edgewater Park on Saturday.

Entry fee ($15) includes:
fee ($15) includes:
    -Weigh in of 1 Pink for prizes -OR-
    -Entry of 1 Silver into random drawing
                -AND-
    -Access to purchase additional tickets per fish for:
        Silver's Random Drawing and Pink's Mystery Weight
Entry fee ($15) includes:
ntry fee ($15) includes:
    -Weigh in of 1 Pink for prizes -OR-
    -Entry of 1 Silver into random drawing
                -AND-
    -Access to purchase additional tickets per fish for:
        Silver's Random Drawing and Pink's Mystery Weight
Entry fee ($15) includes:
    -Weigh in of 1 Pink for prizes 
-OR-
    -Entry of 1 Silver into random drawing
-AND-
    -Access to purchase additional tickets per fish for Silver's Random Drawing and Pink's Mystery Weight

Entry fee ($15) includes:
    -Weigh in of 1 Pink for prizes -OR-
    -Entry of 1 Silver into random drawing
                -AND-
    -Access to purchase additional tickets per fish for:
        Silver's Random Drawing and Pink's Mystery Weight
Entry fee ($15) includes:
    -Weigh in of 1 Pink for prizes -OR-
    -Entry of 1 Silver into random drawing
                -AND-
    -Access to purchase additional tickets per fish for:
        Silver's Random Drawing and Pink's Mystery Wei
Weigh-in is from 3-5 p.m. You must be in line no later than 5 p.m. in order to be eligible for prizes.

Ticket Outlets:  Mount Vernon Parks & Rec Office, Holiday Sports and Master Marine.

For questions please call Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation at (360) 336-6215 or contact us at mvparks@mountvernonwa.gov
Cap Off the Festival
(08.29.2013)
No wardrobe would be complete without a Skagit River Salmon Festival ball cap. These low-profile hats will keep you looking and feeling cool. Softly brushed twill material, quality embroidery and the "go with anything" khaki color makes these caps hard to resist. Available for purchase at the Information Booth.
Newley Unveils 2013 Festival Poster
(08.07.2013)
Photographer Jessica Newley unveils the 2013 Skagit River Salmon Festival commemorative poster. This underwater image was taken of coho salmon that returned to spawn in Clark Creek near Marblemount. 

Signed posters will be available for purchase at the Festival.

Also unveiled at the event on July 25 were nine painted rain barrels by area artists. The barrels are on public display around Skagit County during the month of August. To see the barrels and locations, click here.
Skagit River Salmon Festival Unveils Artwork
Skagit River Salmon Festival Unveils Artwork
Commemorative Poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Display
MOUNT VERNON—The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites the public to witness the unveiling of its 2013 commemorative Festival poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Thursday, July 25 from 4-7 p.m., at the Front Gallery in Mount Vernon, 420 Myrtle Street, next to the Trumpeter Public House, with the unveiling starting at 5:30 p.m. 
Bellingham photographer Jessica Newley, this year’s poster artist, will be on hand to sign posters purchased at the event. Additionally, eight local artists have turned rain barrels into works of garden art as part of a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to conserve water, prevent run off, and protect the resources of the Skagit River. 
The Skagit River Salmon Festival selected artists based on their creative barrel design. This year’s entries also include a barrel painted by students from Madison Elementary School, which designed a rain barrel as a teaching tool for the classroom. 
The artistic barrels will be on display with interpretative signage at local libraries, community centers and businesses throughout Skagit County during the month of August. The location of the barrels will be available on the Skagit River Salmon Festival website—SkagitRiverFest.org.
The barrels will be sold via a silent auction at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 7 with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Skagit County’s construction of a new “Mighty Skagit” Watershed exhibit.
Skagit River Salmon Festival Unveils Artwork
Commemorative Poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Display
MOUNT VERNON—The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites the public to witness the unveiling of its 2013 commemorative Festival poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Thursday, July 25 from 4-7 p.m., at the Front Gallery in Mount Vernon, 420 Myrtle Street, next to the Trumpeter Public House, with the unveiling starting at 5:30 p.m. 
Bellingham photographer Jessica Newley, this year’s poster artist, will be on hand to sign posters purchased at the event. Additionally, eight local artists have turned rain barrels into works of garden art as part of a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to conserve water, prevent run off, and protect the resources of the Skagit River. 
The Skagit River Salmon Festival selected artists based on their creative barrel design. This year’s entries also include a barrel painted by students from Madison Elementary School, which designed a rain barrel as a teaching tool for the classroom. 
The artistic barrels will be on display with interpretative signage at local libraries, community centers and businesses throughout Skagit County during the month of August. The location of the barrels will be available on the Skagit River Salmon Festival website—SkagitRiverFest.org.
The barrels will be sold via a silent auction at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 7 with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Skagit County’s construction of a new “Mighty Skagit” Watershed exhibit.

(07.12.2013)
The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites the public to witness the unveiling of its 2013 commemorative Festival poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Thursday, July 25 from 4-7 p.m., at the Front Gallery in Mount Vernon, 420 Myrtle Street, next to the Trumpeter Public House, with the unveiling starting at 5:30 p.m.

 
Bellingham photographer Jessica Newley, this year’s poster artist, will be on hand to sign posters purchased at the event. Additionally, eight local artists have turned rain barrels into works of garden art as part of a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to conserve water, prevent run off, and protect the resources of the Skagit River.


The Skagit River Salmon Festival selected artists based on their creative barrel design. This year’s entries also include a barrel painted by students from Madison Elementary School, which designed a rain barrel as a teaching tool for the classroom.


The artistic barrels will be on display with interpretative signage at local libraries, community centers and businesses throughout Skagit County during the month of August. The location of the barrels will be available on the Skagit River Salmon Festival website.


The barrels will be sold via a silent auction at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 7 with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Skagit County’s construction of a new “Mighty Skagit” Watershed exhibit.

(06.19.2013)
Young artists at work. Fourth-grade students from Madison Elementary go to town creating colorful salmon motifs on a rain barrel for the Festival, with direction from Mount Vernon artist Deirdre Czoberek. Czoberek, who was one of seven artists chosen for the Artistic Rain Barrel Project, will also be painting a barrel titled "Rhapsody in Green." The rain barrels will be sold at the festival, via a silent auction, on September 7 to benefit the installation of a new "Mighty Skagit" watershed education exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County.
(04.29.2013)
Let your creative side go wild with Skagit River Salmon Festival's "Artistic Rain Barrel Project". The Festival is seeking 10 artists to transform boring blue rain barrels into pieces of fun garden art. Once completed, the barrels will be on display around the county for people to enjoy. Then on Saturday, September 7, the rain barrels will be auctioned off at the Festival to support the Children's Museum of Skagit County and upgrades to its "Mighty Skagit" Watershed exhibit. For more information and an artist's packet, click here>>

Application deadline is May 24.
(03.25.2013)
Here's four minutes of fun ... our new Festival video captures the magic of the day. Special thanks to our event photographer Dana Chrysler at Bella Vita Creative for her wonderful images.














(03.14.2013) 
We are pleased to announce that Rivertalk will be coming back to the festival as our headline band. Rivertalk plays sophisticated original, world beat dance music inspired by Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa and Afro Pop. Featuring Jan Foster on vocals and a troupe of accomplished musicians including a three-piece horn section, amazing guitar, and rock solid rhythm. You are guaranteed to be dancing!  









(03.13.2013)
 
Dmitri "Buck" Wagoner was our youngest performer last year. Check out the clip of this talented 13 year-old electric blues guitar player.
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