Downeast Salmon Federation Hosts Annual Smelt Fry in Columbia Falls on April 21st

On Saturday, April 21st the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) will host their Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join DSF for a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities! Attendees can tour the Pleasant River Hatchery, visit the Heritage Fish Camp, learn more about the fisheries work of local organizations in the historic Union Hall, enjoy a hearty meal of fresh-caught fried smelt, vegetarian baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, and local blueberry dessert in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) gymnasium, sample smoked smelt, alewives, and mackerel in the DSF mobile smokehouse, and enjoy homemade venison stew while supplies last! Those over 21 can wash these fine delicacies down throughout the day with outstanding locally-brewed craft beer served by Airline Brewing Company.  

 In addition to all of this, an original rainbow smelt painting by Rockland-based artist Karen Talbot will be on display in Union Hall as well as the winning artwork by student artists who participated in DSF’s 2018 Washington County Student Art Contest.  Art contest awards will be presented in Union Hall at 1 p.m. A silent local art auction will take place in the Columbia Falls Pottery building and there will also be a basket raffle to benefit DSF's ongoing work to restore rivers and sea-run fisheries in Downeast Maine in the Wreaths Across America gym. All activities are held within a quarter-mile radius, so walking between venues is easy for most; for those in need of assistance getting from place to place, a free shuttle service will be offered. The DSF Smelt Fry has grown from a community potluck dinner into a major regional event serving over 500 people each year. 

If you are interested in going for a hike, Maine Master Naturalists, Walter and Carol Muth will lead a group hike at the nearby Downeast Coastal Conservancy at Ingersoll Point in Addison on Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. They will highlight the developing splashes of spring during the hike.

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