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Independence Salmon Run Rescheduled

The Salmon Run has been rescheduled.

INDEPENDENCE -- The Salmon Run has been rescheduled.

The River Gallery, which hosts the annual art show, is without water because of the sidewalk project in downtown Independence.

In addition, downtown streets are torn up and inaccessible to traffic.

Gallery artists decided in light of the street project, as well as the solemn events in New York City and Washington, D.C., the festival should be rescheduled.

The Salmon Run was going to be Saturday, Sept. 15, but has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 29. It will coincide with the new Independence Hop and Heritage Festival.

More than 100 fish of every color and design size will be exhibited.

Local artists -- amateur and professional -- are turning pieces of white foam board in the shape of salmon into a kaleidoscopic art.

This is the second annual Salmon Run in the Park.

The first Salmon Run raised more than $4,000 and allowed artists at the River Gallery to create a visual arts scholarship for graduating seniors in the Central School District.

The money comes from selling the foam boards at $25 each as well as a silent auction to sell the finished works of art. The auction runs throughout September.

Awards will be given out for Best of Show, Independence Mayor's Choice, Monmouth Mayor's Choice, People's Choice, and Most Outrageous Fish.

A new Children's Division has been added this year.

"This is an opportunity for the entire community to show off their creative flair, ingenuity and diverse talent," said Rebecca M. De Lore of the River Gallery.

"Most of all, the event promotes fun and community cohesiveness."

Along with the Salmon Run, River Gallery artists will have their Wild Fish Show. Gallery owners and guest artists have created fish-themed works of art -- including sculpture, painting, quilts, beadwork, drums, gourds, and woodworking and more.

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