On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Steveston Community Society Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Steveston Salmon Festival, planned to take place on July 1, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Steveston Community Society President Alan Sakai, “The decision to cancel this year’s event was not an easy one to make. There are hundreds of volunteers, artists, vendors and support staff required to host this event that has been attended by up to 80,000 visitors in recent years. In light of the current COVID-19 protocols put in place by BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, cancelling this year’s event was determined to be the most responsible decision to make at this time.”
This year would have been the 75th anniversary of the Steveston Salmon Festival, originally a community event that has evolved into one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in the country. The Steveston Salmon Festival is the signature event of the Steveston Community Society, a volunteer-led association dedicated to maintaining a positive, pioneer “Spirit of Steveston” by providing cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for all members of the community. Understanding the significance of this event to the community, opportunities are being explored to recognize and celebrate Canada Day in alternative ways that are reflective and respectful of the evolving pandemic situation.
Additional information about the Steveston Salmon Festival can be found at www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca. Additional information about the City of
Richmond’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at www.richmond.ca/covid19.
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