Fish sales tip the scales
June 11, 2008 · Updated 10:00 AM
With the wind and rain gusting outside, the bidding was hot and wild inside the Clear Creek Saqad Interpretive Center for the sixth annual Salmon Auction on Saturday.
Hosted by the Clear Creek Task Force (CCTF), the event raised more than $2,490 to be applied toward facility operating costs and trail maintenance.
(The auction) gets better every year, said Tex Lewis, event coordinator, auctioneer and long-time CCTF member. I really enjoy the community and I am always amazed at the creativeness of the salmon.
Brightly decorated with whimsical designs, winning salmon included Silverdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darla Murkers Silver Salmon decorated in metallic beading and covered in the silver scientific element, Mary and Aina Zabinskis Shellfish salmon covered in various shells picked from their local beach home and 11-year-old Haley Heisers Casino King salmon decorated in playing cards and dice.
Silver Ridge Elementary Schools second/third grade TEAM teacher Amy Smith had her classroom decorate multiple salmon that were strung together, each with individual salmon facts. Another favorite of the crowd was Salmon Grundy in his undies decorated by Bruce Huff, after the 19th century childrens nursery rhyme of Solomon Grundy.
After a late lunch of smoked salmon provided by the Suquamish tribe, french bread and caesar salad, the eager bidding on the flashy fish tails began. Culinary specialists from the USS Maine helped cook and serve throughout the event.
As the rain poured down, the auction was moved inside to the Interpretive Center. Laughs chorused a number of oohs and aahs as CCTF member Linda Hume walked around the packed room displaying the various fish for sale. Award-winning salmon were auctioned off in the live auction, while the others were placed in the silent auction.
We sold as many (art board) fish as we did last year, CCTF member Mary Earl said, adding of the 44 salmon sold, 23 were decorated and returned for the auction.
Total sales of the art board salmon reached $565, with both live and silent auctions yielding more than $1,145. With approximately 85 tickets sold at $10 a piece, the total amount raised at the auction was more than $2,490.
I always like seeing the community come together like this, Lewis added with a smile. I like people having fun.
After the bidding had come to a close, young SKlallam tribal dancers dressed in brilliantly colored native ensembles, performed various numbers, including a tribal battle scene.
Everybody pitched in ... thats one of the neat things about this task force, Lewis told the packed Interpretive Center with a smile. It has been a marvelous experience working with them on (the salmon auction), and the community members have been great.
Salmon auction winners are advised to pick up their prize between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 6, at Grape Expectations Wine Shop at 3594 Byron Road in Old Town Silverdale. For more information, contact Earl at (360) 698-0522.
Salmon art winners:
1st Silver Salmon Silverdale Chamber of Commerce
2nd One Strand of the Web Ruth Dollinger
Medium Younger than 14
1st Nemo Jesse Yeadon
2nd Dorie Madison Yeadon
1st Shellfish Mary & Aina Zabinski
2nd Winter Blackmouth Betsy Hall
Small Fry Younger than 14
1st Aina Zabinski
2nd Doran Loescher
Small Fry Adult
1st Sequins & Pearls Laura & Jamie Koepke
2nd Ebby, Oppsy & Daisy Ganeille Hostvedt
1st Nafie Mrs. Bromwells class
2nd Too Many Facts For Just One Fish Mrs. Smiths class