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It’s that time of year again to gather colorful beads, flashy sequins, textured tiles and creative ideas to sponsor and decorate salmon for the sixth annual Clear Creek Trail Salmon Auction.

“It’s our biggest fund-raiser of the year,” said Mary Earl, Clear Creek Task Force member and owner of Grape Expectations. “We ask people to purchase a salmon and decorate them (for the auction) ... we get some pretty incredible ones.”

Salmon sponsors purchase various-sized fish and decorate both sides, name it and enter their creation in the Clear Creek Trail Salmon Auction. Artboard salmon to be decorated can be purchased at Grape Expectations Wine Shop at 3594 Byron Road in Old Town Silverdale and from noon to 5 p.m. at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center on Saturday, Sept. 15. Decorating at the Interpretive Center will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a trail walk as well. Prices for the fish are $5 for small, $15 for medium and $25 for large.

Earl said entrants must have their salmon turned in by 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Grape Expectations. The Clear Creek Trail Salmon Auction and dinner festivities will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center. Tickets for the grilled salmon dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dinner tickets can be purchased from Clear Creek Task Force members, the Clear Creek Interpretive Center or Grape Expectations. The dinner includes grilled salmon, salad, french bread and a beverage.

All $25 salmon art pieces will be featured in the live auction and all $15 pieces will be entered in the silent auction. The top 10 $5 salmon also will be entered in the live auction with prizes for adults and children. The event also will feature tribal dancers from the S’klallam tribe.

“The goal this year is (to raise) $5,000,” Earl said. “(The money supports) a clean trail. For all those trail lovers out there, (this money) makes sure the Clear Creek Task Force maintains the trail.”

Earl added that the money also helps support debris removal from the trail, equipment maintenance and seasonal cleaning efforts.

Last year, the Clear Creek Trail Salmon Auction raised about $3,900, Earl added, which helped the Task Force maintain and develop more trails.

For more information about purchasing a salmon artboard or about the event, visit www.clearcreektrail.org, or e-mail clearcreektrail@yahoo.com.

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