Salmonfest returns for its seventh year

  • Christina Randall participates in a workshop presented by Maria Finn, author of “The Whole Fish, How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Will Make you Healthier, Sexier and Help Save the Ocean” on how to use every part of the salmon Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest 2016 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (File Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion)
  • Audience members clap along to the Blackwater Railroad Company’s afternoon performance Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest 2016 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (File Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion)
  • Shane Borth, a violinist and composer for Quixotic, plays during the group’s performance Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art. Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion
  • Ishani Ishaya, a ballet, belly and fire dancer, performs with Quixotic on Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art. Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion
  • Shannon Marie of the Unfaithful Earls sings a cover of Cage the Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” on the Inlet Stage at Salmonfest on Aug. 6, 2016 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (File photo by Anna Frost/Homer News)
  • Participants in Salmonfest’s King Sam parade carried a giant salmon puppet throughout the festival grounds, followed by a procession of people celebrating the fish during the 2016 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. (File photo by Anna Frost/Homer News)
  • Festival-goers dance to The Inlaws and the Outlaws performance at Salmonfest’s River Stage on Aug. 6, 2016 in Ninilchi, Alaska. (File photo by Anna Frost/Homer News)

For three days at the beginning of August, thousands of people will fill the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik for Salmonfest, a celebration of “fish, love and music.”

The yearly music festival, held Aug. 4-6, is in its seventh year and event organizers are, once again, expecting to draw more than 7,000 people to the festival which is touting an Alaska heavy lineup including headliner Jewel Kilcher, who was raised in Homer. Last week, Salmonfest announced its latest list of performing acts, which includes 35 Alaska bands.

“We have a great line-up, maybe our best ever,” said Jim Stearns, festival director and producer. “Jewel is a big draw because she is an Alaskan gal and she hasn’t played up here in 10 years, at least.”

Jewel will play on the Ocean Stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday night, closing out the weekend’s festivities.

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