The Board of Directors of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce breathed new life into the Depoe Bay Chamber Indian Style Salmon Bake Thursday night.
In an unanimous vote the board hired All Ways Traveling and Promotions of Lincoln City to head up the event that was canceled just a week ago.
“This event is too important not just for the Depoe Bay Chamber, or the City of Depoe Bay but the entire coast,” said acting president Dan “Booner” Zimmerman. “We feel very fortunate the Robertson family came forward with an offer to help keep the 57 year tradition moving forward,” concluded Zimmerman.
The Robertson’s will be charged with recruiting the cadre of volunteers needed to organize the event that attracts visitors from the world over. Other responsibilities include promotion of the event; working with potential businesses to become sponsors of the long standing tradition, negotiate salmon and food buys, working with bus companies and retirement centers to bring in the salmon bake guests.
“One of my first memories of living in the area was riding in a golf cart with Phil Taunton and delivering the baked salmon from the fire line to the serving line, “ said Phil Robertson. “ My parents have worked at the event for almost 40 years each, their commitment to Depoe Bay could never be questioned,” added Robertson.
“It will be a huge challenge,” said Roger Robertson. “We are very fortunate that past leaders kept detailed records of everything from the volunteers to where we buy the salmon and cut the alder stakes. Everything was given to us and that credit goes to Phil Taunton, Bill Spores, Jim Hayes and Carole Barkhurst.” With their support, advice and direction we will have the salmon bake thousands of guests have come to expect.”