Juneau celebrates all things maritime this spring // © 2011 John Hyde
As the snow starts to melt, Juneau is making plans for a busy spring season that includes two family-friendly events. During these maritime-themed events, visitors can learn about the city’s marine culture, history and local customs.
The capital city is hosting its Spring King Salmon Derby throughout the month of May, a fundraiser for the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes Scholarship Program. The month-long event awards more than $5,000 in cash prizes for those who have caught the heaviest gutted, gilled and unfrozen king salmon, as well as numerous other prizes ranging from boat rentals to tool sets. In past years, the derby has garnered the attention of more than 800 spectators and participants. At the end of the derby, an awards presentation will shine the spotlight on the competition’s top anglers.
Also in May, the Juneau Maritime Festival gives clients another opportunity to celebrate the city’s ties to the sea. The free event on May 14 commemorates Juneau’s history, marine culture and nautical commerce alongside the unique geography of the region in and around downtown Juneau’s Marine Park.
Festivities include a number of contests, ship tours and activities for kids with plenty of food and entertainment options. Last year, the Maritime Festival featured a helicopter rescue demonstration, a live touch tank and a weather balloon exhibit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first event attracted more than 1,500 locals and visitors and, this year, the festival is expected to bring even more people out to celebrate springtime in Juneau.