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South Surrey hatchery to host 2nd Salmon Sessions Music Festival

Aug. 24 event a fundraiser for new Little Campbell facility

Excitement is building for the 2024 Salmon Sessions Music Festival.

Set for 4-11 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, the festival is a fundraiser to support plans to build a new hatchery building on the 1284 184 St. property.

Organizers hope to more-than-double attendance at the second-annual affair, which debuted last summer – in partnership with Penmar Community Arts Society – with around 400 turning out to take in some tunes and learn about the volunteer-run hatchery’s operations.

“In year two we are aiming to sell 1,000 tickets plus have about 100 VIP’s,” club president Diana Barkley said by email. “The festival site capacity is larger than that but we are being conservative as it’s only year 2.”

The inaugural event, held last August, raised $4,200 for the hatchery project.

READ MORE: Inaugural music festival raises cash for new salmon hatchery in Surrey

Targeted for completion in 2026, plans for the new hatchery include upgraded technology and a facility that will be safe from flooding events. The existing building – impacted by floods many times over its history, including during the November 2021 atmospheric river, when “tens of thousands” of fish eggs were destroyed – has been described as “nearing the end of its life cycle.”

Cost of the new building and infrastructure has been estimated to be “in the $1.5 million range.”

Plans for this year’s festival include live rock, country and funk music; food carts; a beverage garden; and guided tours.

Barkley said the full performance lineup will be revealed on May 1 during an event at the SFGC banquet hall; festival-ticket sales are to open two days later, on May 3.

Sponsors continue to be sought. For information or to sign up for festival updates, visit penmar.ca



Tracy Holmes

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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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