Letter to the Editor: Copper River Salmon Jam plans for COVID-19

Mahealani MacKenzie performs a traditional hula dance. The Ke Kukui Foundation’s display of Hawaiian music and dance rounded out the second night of Salmon jam on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Mahealani MacKenzie performs a traditional hula dance at Salmon Jam. (July 13, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The Copper River Salmon Jam Planning Committee is regularly monitoring the COVID-19 developments as they pertain to our festival and will be following all CDC recommendations as well as state and local mandates regarding community events.

In light of the pandemic and current gathering recommendations, the Copper River Salmon Jam planning committee will be adapting the festival as needed to provide a safe and healthy event for our attendees. Alaska Salmon Runs has canceled the marathon and half-marathon races, and if you have registered for either of these you may request a refund or roll your registration forward for 2021.

An update on the remaining races and the rest of the festival will be shared at the end of April after the planning committee re-evaluates the COVID-19 situation. Our goal is to take the safest course of action for our community with respect to a public gathering in July, and recognize this could mean getting very creative. With that in mind, we hope that the spirit of Salmon Jam can continue to be a source of celebration and happiness for our community.

Be sure to stay tuned as we spread the joy of Salmon Jam in fun and creative ways for your stay-at-home enjoyment.

And remember to save the date for next year’s Salmon Jam: July 16-17, 2021.

To stay up to date on all things Salmon Jam make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our e-newsletter at salmonjam.org

The Copper River Salmon Jam is facilitated by Cordova Arts and Pageants, Copper River Watershed Project, Prince William Sound Science Center, U.S. Forest Service, CDFU, Cordova Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Salmon Runs, City of Cordova, and Mt. Eyak Ski Area.

Shae Bowman
Copper River Salmon Jam Planning Committee