SALMON FESTIVAL CANCELLED

POSTED: 8:28 PM Oct 10 2013
Anderson, CALIF. -

After a 23-year run, this year’s annual Return of the Salmon Festival, has been cancelled.

Since 1991, the free, family friendly event has been held in October.

The Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson hosts the event.

The reason it was forced to cancel is because of the government shutdown.

Employees there have been told to not come to work, making it too hard for the hatchery to handle the festival.

More than 5,000 people, from all over, were expected to come to Anderson for the one-day salmon festival.

Businesses in the Shasta Outlets say not having this event means a major loss in local revenue.

"With everything being shutdown, the federal parks and everything, tourism goes down,” says Russell Robinson, an employee at Fusion Pit.

Robinson says other shops in the area will also suffer because of the shutdown, businesses that thrive on sales to tourists.

“It hurts the local economy because you're not getting that business, that local business, the money coming in and being distributed. It's a really bad game."