Bearfest starts 5-day run on Wednesday


Kim Elton

A black bear grabs a salmon near the Anan Wildlife Observatory in 2019, working from the rocks just across of the viewing platforms at the falls.

Wrangell's annual Bearfest opens Wednesday and will feature symposiums by bear experts, art and photo workshops, children's games, pool time and more - even a demonstration by a Seattle sushi chef, adding a seafood entrée to the five-day festival menu.

This year's Bearfest will run to Aug. 1, returning in full force after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a scaled-back celebration in 2020.

The schedule also includes children's events, live music, the annual Bearfest run, a golf tournament, community market, a plant walk, and lots of food.

This year's Bearfest will also feature Tlingit cultural...

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