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A 'picture perfect' festival

Alex Doty • Sep 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Hundreds of people — and good weather — showed up over the weekend for the 13th annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival.

The festival kicked off on Friday night with the annual fish boil, and continued on into Saturday with plenty of other activities, including a fishing tournament, 5K run, activities for children, a waterfront art fair, and the Michigan Wine, Beer & Hard Cider Tasting and Salmon Cook-off — which also featured live music and the grape stomp competition. 

More photos from the Salmon Festival 

“It’s been great so far. The attendees have come out and supported us again this year,” Salmon Festival Director Marci Cisneros said. “They served a record amount of fish at the fish boil (and) the crew there did a great job cooking, and it was delicious.”

Festival officials were also pleased with how the weekend’s forecast ended up playing out, as there was a chance of weekend rain forecasted earlier in the week.

“We were a little nervous about the weather, but there’s hardly a cloud in the sky and we’re thrilled. We’ve got a great crowd,” Cisneros said. “We prefer coming into the event without the threat of rain and storms but, this is picture perfect and this is what we planned for.”

In addition to Saturday’s morning and afternoon events, Cisneros said that they were also excited about Saturday evening’s second annual Michigan Microbrew Tasting Event, which featured different microbrews from breweries across Michigan, as well as live music.

“That’s a relatively new event that we’re rolling out,” Cisneros said.

On Sunday, the festival featured tours at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum of the local commercial fishing exhibit, and there were guided tours at the Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Preserve.

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