Calling all volunteers

By Kristin Carpenter

What makes Cordova run? Yes, salmon are what feed our families and our economy, and Salmon Jam is all about “singing out salmon” to celebrate what those beautiful, bright fish bring us from the ocean.

And the second biggest driver in town is our all-star volunteer power! We’re hoping you can flex some volunteer muscle and be part of the awesome team that puts on Salmon Jam this year. In exchange for helping out, volunteers get a discount on admission to the live music scene up at the Mt. Eyak Ski Hill on Friday and Saturday nights, which is where you’ll want to be anyway.

Whatever your skills or interest, there is a way for everyone to help out: Want to sell festival merchandise, or tickets for the music event in the evenings? Set up or take down the big tent? Serve in the beer garden, or be an emcee on Friday or Saturday night? Would you like to set up a water station for the Alaska Salmon Runs runners on Saturday morning, or time runners at the finish line? 

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help with making this fabulous weekend a success. In addition to getting to hear amazing local and visiting musicians live at the ski hill, your time as a volunteer is what makes music and stage events possible year-round in Cordova. Funds raised at Salmon Jam are what pay to bring musicians and other performers to town so we can enjoy the arts all year long!

Take a minute to look over the volunteer options and see where you can plug in. Ask a friend to do it with you – you’ve heard that “teamwork makes the dream work,” haven’t you? Visit > Get Involved > Volunteer to see the categories of volunteer activities and sign up, and get your Salmon Jam on!


Carpenter and a dedicated band of volunteers organize the Alaska Salmon Runs that were started by irene Webber, who logged many of her miles on the beach in between seine sets.