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Juneau Maritime Festival.

"We expect over two thousand attendees and over sixty vendors and activities" at the Juneau Maritime Festival May 10, says Brian Holst, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council and member of the Festival Steering Committee. The purpose of the festival, which began in 2010, is "to celebrate Juneau's maritime history, culture, and commerce, drawing together a diverse community whose heritage, recreation, and livelihood is centered on the sea."

Some of the highlights of the festival include food, arts, crafts, and service vendors; filet demonstrations by local experts of salmon, halibut, and rockfish, including a filet contest; kids' activities such as boat building, safety activities, and a sea creature touch-tank; traditional Tlingit canoes from Douglas Island will be present, as well as a traditional welcome ceremony; marinade and smoked salmon dip contests; vessel tours; other contests; and a Coast Guard helicopter fly-over "and maybe a water rescue!" Holst says.

New this year, on May 9, will be the first Port to Starboard progressive dinner, a fundraising event that "was dreamed up by some very dedicated and resourceful individuals who did not want to see the festival scaled back due to funding concerns," Holst says. He continues that it "promises to be an elegant dinner and exciting night of entertainment." Tickets for both dinner and the after party--"drinks and entertainment upstairs at Rockwell," Holst says--will most likely be available up to the event and can be purchased online.

"JEDC [Juneau Economic Development Council] recognizes that community events such as the Maritime Festival enrich the lives of our residents and help keep our town vibrant. The festival is planned specifically on a day with few cruise visitors to encourage Juneauites to get out and experience their downtown," Holst says.

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Title Annotation:ALASKA THIS MONTH
Author:Anderson, Tasha
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
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Date:May 1, 2014
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