Ketchikan CHARR Salmon Derby committee cancels 2020 event

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - With growing concerns over COVID-19 transmission and how the pandemic has affected the local economy, the Ketchikan CHARR Salmon Derby Committee has voted to cancel this year’s salmon derby.

    The committee will meet again early next year to determine the course for an event in 2021.

    “Obviously this is a community tradition going back decades,” said Michael Briggs, Coordinator of the Ketchikan CHARR Salmon Derby. “This event doesn’t happen without the generosity of local businesses. Each year, we get contributions totaling tens of thousands of dollars that go directly to the prize ladder, enabling us to hold a successful contest and sell hundreds of derby tickets. Unfortunately, this year many businesses were impacted greatly by the pandemic, and the committee felt that it was inappropriate to solicit donations for the event.”

    Proceeds from derby ticket sales benefit the Ketchikan CHARR Education Fund. Each year approximately $10,000 is awarded to local students to continue their education. Since taking over administration of the derby in 2006, Ketchikan CHARR has raised over $120,000 for local students.

    For more information, contact Michael Briggs at (907) 821-8815 or ketchikanderby@gmail.com.

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