Twin Festivals on Saturday

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

Two festivals in one day.

North and south.

Both offering family fun.

Smith River Days and the Klamath Salmon Festival have been held on the same day for the past three years - the Smith River event has been holding its event on the same Saturday for the past seven years.

This Saturday, Del Norters will have the opportunity to choose, or they can tear up and down U.S. Highway 101 and go to both.

Down in Klamath, revelers will have the opportunity to get a taste of the Yurok culture with activities such as dancing, stick games, card games and smoked salmon.

"We're very happy to see the festival growing," said Yurok spokesman Matt Mais. "It's a really good way to get an introduction to Yurok culture and just have a fun day with the family."

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, which will include more than 100 vendors, Mais said.

Among the days' activities will be a traditional regalia dress show, a basket-weaver demonstration and a pie baking contest, Mais said.

The Merv George Band will be performing, he said.

Children will be able to paintlife-sized salmon carvings that will adorn one of the walls on the tribe's new fish processing plant, Mais said.

Up in Smith River, festivities will start at 8 a.m. with the fireman's pancake breakfast. The parade will start at 11 a.m. and anyone who wants to partake should show up at Beckstead Avenue beforehand, said event organizer Colleen Luttrell.

"The theme for this year is

'Salute our Veterans,'" saidLuttrell.

The Brookings Color Guard will be leading the parade and a special section in the community hall will be dedicated to veterans' memorabilia, Luttrell said.

The fireman's water ball competition will begin at noon, shopping cart races at 3 p.m., and the lawn mower races will be held in the afternoon as well, Luttrell said.

The BorderCoast Band will be playing throughout the day and also late at Ship Ashore for the annual Smith River Reunion, which has a $5 cover charge, Luttrell said.

There's also going to be a petting zoo offered by the Pine Grove 4-H club, Luttrell said.

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