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Salmon Tales is a two-day festival celebrating the salmon fishing heritage of Westport. This year’s festival will be Sept. 26-27.
Salmon Tales is a two-day festival celebrating the salmon fishing heritage of Westport. This year’s festival will be Sept. 26-27. Staff file, 2014

Salmon Tales

What: The fourth annual celebration of Westport’s salmon fishing heritage. There will be a fishing derby, vendors, smoked salmon competition, live music and food. The Westport Brewing Co. will have several beers for tasting.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27.

Where: Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive, Westport.

Smoked salmon competition: Professional fish smokers will be trying to dethrone defending champion Steve’s Hot Smoked Salmon from Buckley. Entries will be judged on appearance, texture and taste. The judging panel will again be headed up by Jeff Maxfield, executive chef at the Space Needle. Visitors will be able to sample entries and cast a vote for “People’s Choice.”

Festival fishing: Be sure to bring a fishing rod and try to catch a coho salmon in the marina. There will be a salmon derby, with prizes award to the top three fish. There also will be a kids trout pond at the museum.

Education: Members of the Puget Sound Ocean Angles and Salmon University will have educational displays and be on hand to answer questions. Also attending will be FIN, a 25-foot salmon with murals of the Pacific Northwest painted inside.

Admission: Free. Smoked salmon tasting cards are $5.

INFORMATION: salmontales.info.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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