DEPOE BAY - The Board of Directors of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce has breathed new life into the Depoe Bay Chamber Indian Style Salmon Bake held each September.
The event draws thousands to the area and is a main fundraiser for Chamber activities.
In an unanimous vote June 20, the Chamber board hired All Ways Traveling and Promotions of Lincoln City to head up the event that was canceled just a week ago.
“This event is too important not just for the Depoe Bay Chamber, or the City of Depoe Bay but the entire coast,” said Dan Zimmerman Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce acting president. "We feel very fortunate the Robertson family came forward with an offer to help keep the 57 year tradition moving forward."
Zimmerman said The Robertson’s will be charged with recruiting the cadre of volunteers needed to organize the event that attracts visitors from the world over. Other responsibilities include promotion of the event; working with potential businesses to become sponsors of the long standing tradition, negotiate salmon and food buys, working with bus companies and retirement centers to bring in the Salmon Bake guests.
“One of my first memories of living in the area was riding in a golf cart with Phil Taunton and delivering the baked salmon from the fire line to the serving line," said Phil Robertson. "My parents have worked at the event for almost 40 years each, their commitment to Depoe Bay could never be questioned."
“It will be a huge challenge,” said Roger Robertson. “We are very fortunate that past leaders kept detailed records of everything from the volunteers to where we buy the salmon and cut the alder stakes. Everything was given to us and that credit goes to Phil Taunton, Bill Spores, Jim Hayes and Carole Barkhurst. With their support, advice and direction we will have the Salmon Bake thousands of guests have come to expect.”
The 2013 Depoe Bay Salmon Bake is scheduled for September 21 with events including an Octoberfest and music at Depoe Bay City Park in the south part of the city.
For more information, contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-765-2889.