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Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Join DSF for a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities! We hope you can join us for our annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration!
When Apr 21, 2018
from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where 197 Main Street Columbia Falls, Maine
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Contact Phone (207) 483-4336
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Attendees can tour the Pleasant River Hatchery, visit the Heritage Fish Camp, learn more about the fisheries work of local organizations in the historic Union Hall, enjoy a hearty meal of fresh-caught fried smelt, vegetarian baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, and local blueberry dessert in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) gymnasium, sample smoked smelt, alewives, and mackerel in the DSF mobile smokehouse, and enjoy homemade venison stew while supplies last! Those over 21 can wash these fine delicacies down with outstanding locally-brewed craft beer served by Airline Brewing Company throughout the day.

In addition to all of this, an original rainbow smelt painting by Rockland-based artist Karen Talbot will be on display in Union Hall as well as the winning artwork by student artists who participated in DSF’s 2018 Washington County Student Art Contest. Art contest awards will be presented in Union Hall at 1pm. A silent local art auction will take place in the Columbia Falls Pottery building and there will also be a basket raffle to benefit DSF's ongoing work to restore rivers and sea-run fisheries in Downeast Maine in the Wreaths Across America gym. All activities are held within a quarter-mile radius, so walking between venues is easy for most; for those in need of assistance getting from place to place, a free shuttle service will be offered. The DSF Smelt Fry has grown from a community potluck dinner into a major regional event serving over 500 people each year.

If you are interested in going for a hike nearby, the Downeast Coastal Conservancy at Ingersoll Point in Addison; Maine Master Naturalists, Walter and Carol Muth will be leading a group hike, highlighting the developing splashes of spring throughout the preserve on Saturday, 4/21 at 9am. Visit the DCC calendar for more information on the hike.

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