Homer is so blessed with pleasurable opportunities, residents have to plan ahead to make time to stay home and work in their gardens. The first Friday of the month, we roam among the many art galleries to enjoy the new exhibits and the refreshments provided for First Friday openings.
We start the year off in early February with Winter Carnival - a true celebration of life here in the Greatland. Festivities include cross country ski races, snowmachine games and a parade!
March brings us the first of our fishing contests, The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. On the third Saturday in March, a 1,000+ fishermen and women set out on Kachemak Bay for this one day tournament in search of the biggest feeder King salmon. This exciting event is the harbinger of spring and the unofficial start of the fishing season. The event gives fishermen and women the opportunity to break out their boats and rods and reels for a chance to win BIG money.
Towards the end of April we spend a day cleaning up the surrounding community with our Annual Clean Up Day. Hundreds of volunteers bring in several tons of trash and recyclables then get to enjoy a free hot dog BBQ with all the potato salads et al that accompany these things.
May! Boy, do we get cracking in May. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is held around Mother's Day weekend and is attended by literally thousands of birders from Alaska and the rest of the world. This four-day event celebrates the return of migratory shorebirds and is filled with family friendly events from morning till night.
In May, we also kick off the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby which runs from May 15th to September 15th and offers prizes for tagged fish, released fish and one grand prize for the largest halibut of the season.
Also in June is the Annual Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference, sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. This five-day conference features award-winning, nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents.
July 4th, we honor America with our annual themed parade and many activities throughout the community. Small town, true American spirit.
September brings the close of the Jackpot Halibut Derby along with the awarding of those prizes and - Our annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. We take the time to thank all of the many volunteers it takes to run an organization like the Chamber and choose our "Volunteer of the Year".
In December, we have our Community Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa.
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