ANCHORAGE -- This city is gearing up for its second summer of Wild
Salmon on Parade, a uniquely Alaskan twist to the popular Cow
Parade events that have captured visitors' attention in two dozen
cities around the world. (The Pigs on Parade event in Seattle is
Instead of offering local artists the chance to decorate
life-size fiberglass cows and display them around the city,
Anchorage commissions big salmon statues.
"Wild salmon are a unique resource and immediately identifiable
with Anchorage and Alaska," said a spokeswoman for the Anchorage
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Visitors will be able to download a walking-tour map from the
Anchorage CVB Web site, www.anchorage.net, or pick one up at its Log Cabin and
Downtown Visitor Information Center to follow the "parade."
Fish statues were unveiled in early June and will be displayed
throughout the summer.
The parade is bookended by the Ship Creek King Salmon Fishing
Derby, which was held June 4 through 13, and the Silver Salmon
Fishing Derby, Aug. 13 through 22 (see story below).
And the prominently displayed fish might raise clients'
awareness of other "fishy" events in Anchorage.
Last year, for example, local restaurants featured special
salmon dishes on their summer menus, and local artists displayed
salmon-related artwork in their windows.
The event debuted last year with about 20 5-foot-high, brightly
decorated fiberglass salmon, with names like King Salmon (carrying
a scepter and wearing a robe) and Forget-Me-Not (displaying the
Alaska state flower).
A fish called Salmon Lake, which sported red lipstick and a tutu
made from the Alaska Performing Arts Center's discarded carpet, was
the favorite among voters in an online poll.
This year, there will be 30 artistically rendered fish on
display throughout Anchorage.
A 12-member jury will pick this year's salmon statues. At the
end of the season, the statues will be auctioned off. Visitors will
have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win other themed art
work, which also will be designed by a local artist.
For more information, contact the Anchorage Convention and
Visitors Bureau at (907) 276-4118 or [email protected].
To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].
City cast reel to fishing enthusiasts
ANCHORAGE -- The sport of salmon fishing is a big deal in
Alaska, and "combat fishing" Anchorage's Ship Creek is serious
Anchorage holds two major fishing derbies each summer, the King
Salmon Derby and the Silver Derby (held June 4 to 13 and from Aug.
13 to 22, respectively).
If clients want to fish in a derby, there are a few things the
novice angler needs to know.
First, you can't just come down to Ship Creek, which runs
through the city, and start casting for fish. Fishermen must
possess a derby ticket, which costs $10 a day and $30 for the full
derby, according to the derby's official Web site, www.anchoragederbies.com. Entrants can be as young as
6 years old, but those over 16 must have a license.
Second, they must understand the fish. Both the king salmon and
the silver salmon are fish that "just came out of salt water and
are stronger than you can believe," according to the Web site. The
site also helps fishermen line up the right type of tackle and
And then there's also the code of conduct for the derby. The
main thrust is to be polite -- to your fishing neighbors, not
necessarily to the fish.
"Successful fishing in Ship Creek means respecting the anglers
around you," the derby site advises. "It's best to fish [using] the
same techniques as those around you. If throwing spoons or spinners
is the going way where you are, go with the flow. If bait fishing
is the method of choice, use bait."
Meanwhile, if your neighbor has hooked a big one, give him some
"A 'fish-on' yell means that the angler has a priority in the
area. You should reel in your line and let him play the fish. Don't
be the reason the fish is lost." -- R.T.