Etcetera 7/11/13

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Roughly 1,000 pounds of salmon will be dished up when Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club hosts its 23rd annual salmon bake fundraiser from 3:30-6:30 p.m. July 20 in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building, 363 Orchard St.

The filleted, butterflied salmon is prepared coastal Indian-style and smoked over a bed of mostly alderwood coals.

Rotarian Paul Abenroth said they expect from 800-900 people, who will also dine on hors d’oeuvres baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, strawberry shortcake, and soda, wine and beer.

The event in previous years has brought in as much as $8,000, which goes directly to scholarships and other youth activities in the Walla Walla Valley.

With funds Rotary raises in the community, it twice yearly plants trees in the area. Its members are currently working to help fund a new water pad in Washington Park off Ninth Avenue.

Paul said Walla Walla Rotary was instrumental in the creation in 1972 of Harris Park out of Milton-Freewater on Walla Walla River Road, and named for Rotary founder Paul Harris. In the 1920s the Walla Walla Club had developed the area for a Boy Scout camp.

Rotary built the picnic shelter at Fort Walla Walla Park; provided new play equipment for Tietan Park about 6 years ago; and painted the gateway mural on the water tank east of town, with a bit of legislative help.

Up to 60 people out of the 200-member strong club are expected to volunteer for the salmon bake in which Paul has been involved for eight years.

Co-chairman and event founder Bruce Johnson has been involved for all 23 years that it’s been held, Paul said.

Located for a number of years at Fort Walla Walla Park, Rotary moved the salmon bake to the fairgrounds community building for its air-conditioned, mostly bug-free environment.

Tickets, $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger, may be purchased by calling 520-2613 or 525-6060.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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