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Budget restraints partly to blame for cancellation of Salmon Festival

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Posted: Friday, October 8, 2004 10:00 pm

Due partly to budget constraints, the annual Salmon Festival has been canceled after six years at Lodi Lake.

In years past, the festival has included a fishing derby, live music, Native American crafts and storytelling. The event has focused on educating attendees about the preservation and awareness of the river in which the salmon live.

The event was scheduled for next Saturday.

The festival will not be held for several reasons, Parks Superintendent Steve Dutra said.

"Due to circumstances out of staff's control, we were not able to provide the necessary time and energy toward a well-planned event as our customers have come to expect," Dutra wrote in an e-mail to the News-Sentinel on Friday. "Over the next few months staff will be evaluating the possibility of once again having the Salmon Festival next October."

Interim City Manager Janet Keeter said the cancellation indirectly has to do with the budget because of reduced staffing levels. Grant Plath, who ran the festival in years past, was promoted to a supervisor and his former position has not been filled.

"It's just in abeyance for one year," Parks and Recreation Director Tony Goehring said of the festival.

The annual New Year's Ever Kids Night Out event was canceled for similar reasons.

However, the annual 5k Salmon Run will still be held. The Parks and Recreation Department also has plans for a Small Fry Kids Run.

Both start at 8 a.m. next Saturday.

For more information or to register for the runs, call 333-6742.

Contact reporter Jennifer Pearson Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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