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As the King Salmon Return to Ship Creek, So Does a Popular Fishing Event

Anchorage, Alaska – May 29, 2012 – After a one-year hiatus, the Slam’n Salm’n Derby returns to Ship Creek, and with a new hook: the derby tickets are free. Entry doesn’t just provide a chance to reel in a huge king salmon, it also puts participants in the running for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Head down to Ship Creek, pick up a free derby ticket and drop your line. The competition runs June 8-17, 2012. The event took last year off so the event’s organizer, the Downtown Soup Kitchen, could focus on construction of a new building.

Derby tickets are available every day of the tournament from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at derby headquarters on Ship Creek Avenue. A donation of $20 is suggested. Prizes will be awarded for the top 20 fish by weight, tagged fish, daily mystery weight fish and many other categories. You do not need to be a master angler to land great prizes. There are over $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, and all ticket holders will be entered into a drawing for two Alaska Airlines tickets.

The ten day Slam’n Salm’n Derby is a benefit for the Downtown Soup Kitchen, a community organization assisting Anchorage’s working poor and homeless. Monday through Friday, volunteers serve 500 bowls of soup. They also provide emergency clothing and a place to shower. For more information on the Slam’n Salm’n Derby or the Downtown Soup Kitchen, head to www.downtownsoupkitchen.org

Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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