2010 Salute to the Sockeye a Huge Success

Shuswap Dancer Ernie Philip

The 2010 Salute to the Sockeye broke all records, both for attendance and numbers of returning salmon. During the three-week long event, over 160,000 people visited the site, including tourists from all over the world. Preliminary escapement estimates by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for the Adams River total 3,866,600 fish, slightly more than the previous record set in 2002 (see complete report here).

The 2010 Salute began with an opening festival on Sunday, October 4 that attracted a crowd of over 500 people. This event began with an impromptu performance by famed Shuswap dancer Ernie Philip, which was followed by drumming and singing by Shuswap elder Virginia Woodridge. Speakers included Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Chief Felix Arnouse, Shuswap MLA George Abbott and the keynote speaker, Mary Haig-Brown, who spoke about her father and how the park became named after him.

Other highlights of the opening festival, were the performances of the first and second prize winners in the first ever Song for the Salmon Contest. The crowd was spellbound by the stellar performance of the “Salmon Hymn” by contest winner Anie Hepher, who was accompanied by her sister Monica Wilson, some friends and a First Nation drummer. And everyone was delighted with the second prize winner Marcus Smith and his band’s amusing rock and roll number called “A Seal named Doug.” You can listen to or download these songs and many of the other top-scoring songs here.

The Salute and opening festival could not have been such a success without the support of the 119 local community volunteers who spent a total of over 2900 hours at the site directing traffic, assisting visitors, providing interpretive services and helped with many other projects. In addition, the Adams River Salmon Society appreciated the financial support from our three major sponsors; Scotch Creek Super Valu, Peoples Drug Mart and Adams Lake Lumber, as well as the individual donations for the song contest prizes.

To learn more about the 2010 Salute, see the archives below that include most of the major newspaper coverage, the press releases and local newspaper columns.

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