Manchester prepares for Salmon Bake and Book Sale

Along with salmon, beans, coleslaw, garlic bread and drinks will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21

The 46th annual Salmon Bake and Book Sale will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21 at the Manchester Library parking lot

The 46th annual Salmon Bake and Book Sale will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21 at the Manchester Library parking lot

It is a Father’s Day tradition.

The 46th annual Salmon Bake and Book Sale will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21 at the Manchester Library parking lot, 8067 E. Main St.

The salmon bake, which began in 1970, is hosted by the Friends of the Manchester Library. All proceeds go to benefit the library.

Along with salmon, beans, coleslaw, garlic bread and drinks will be served. The meal is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-11.

Children younger than 6 can eat for $5 each.

The cost for adults increased by $1 from last year, which Salmon Bake chairman Ray Prado believed was the first price adjustment in five years.

He attributed that to the increased price to purchase salmon.

Despite that, Prado said he sees many of the same families each year as they celebrate Father’s Day.

He said the children of the late Bob Bow still return each year to grill salmon as they did before his death in 2011.

“I have folks that come down here that say this is their Father’s Day event and they don’t know what they would do without us,” said Prado, adding that he expects about 800 salmon meals to be served.

About 65 volunteers work to stage the event each year. Last year, Prado said about $7,500 was raised from the event, which is the largest single-revenue source for the library’s $27,500 annual budget.

The library opened in 1947 when Mary J. Sanford, who owned the local Manchester Shopping Mart and was a member of the county’s rural library board, donated part of her space to create it. It then moved a couple more times before the Friends of the Manchester Library became a registered nonprofit organization in 1976 and sought a loan to build a permanent library building.

Through a grant from Kitsap Regional Library and other donations, a new Manchester Library was built in 1980. Friends of the Manchester Library leases the building from the Port of Manchester for $1 per year.

Prado said that lease — and the support of the Salmon Bake and Book Sale — helps keep the library financially viable. In that spirit, he said that 30 businesses donate products or money for the event.

“This is a real community-wide event because of the businesses and volunteers that support us,” Prado said.

“This is a great way to meet your neighbors and see South Kitsap in a wonderful light. It’s a fun event.”

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