Mill Casino Hosts Ninth Annual Salmon Celebration

Featuring Salmon Bake, Canoe Races, Salmon Derby and performances by Buffy Sainte-Marie

North Bend, Ore. – Preparations are underway for the ninth annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park on the shores of Coos Bay.
Featuring canoe races, a traditional salmon bake dinner, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, a Native American marketplace, children's activities and two concerts with Academy Award winning songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, this free, weekend event is an entertaining educational experience that the whole family will enjoy. Included again this year will be a "weigh station" and awards ceremony for the 13th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby.

Linked to the traditional observance marking the return of the salmon, The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, began as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes with residents and visitors to Oregon’s Bay Area. Now in its ninth year, the event attracts Native American artisans and musicians from throughout the Western United States and Canada.

Known for its traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner, the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration offers visitors the opportunity to experience Native American culture, art, food and music. The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, features daily performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers, a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods, a bay-front canoe exhibit and races, traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.

In addition to the free daytime events which will take place on the casino's waterfront dock and North Parking lot, this year's celebration also will feature Friday and Saturday evening concerts with Oscar-winning singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, known for both her protest and love songs including Until It's Time for You to Go, Universal Soldier, and Up Where We Belong, the theme from the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, which won her both an Academy Award Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Tickets for Sainte-Marie's 7 p.m. Salmon Room concerts and the popular Salmon Bake dinner, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday are on sale at Ko-Kwel Gifts inside The Mill Casino • Hotel. Tickets for the concerts are $25 per person with discounts available for Mill Club members, while tickets for the Salmon Bake dinner, including a commemorative tee shirt, are $25 for adults and just $12 for children 11 and under, with discounts available for club members.

About The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park: The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park is located on the waterfront in North Bend, Oregon, making it an ideal base location for exploring the North Bend/Coos Bay area including Oregon Dunes, Shore Acres State Park and activities such as fishing, crabbing, clamming, whale watching, boating, golfing and strolling along the boardwalk. The full-service property features over 200 hotel rooms, over 750 slots, along with blackjack, craps, roulette and i-Gaming in addition to five on-site restaurants; meeting, wedding and banquet facilities, and a 102-space waterfront RV Park

For more information about making The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park the centerpiece of your Oregon Coast getaway or for more information on all the latest attractions, events and entertainment call 800-953-4800 or visit

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Ray Doering, Communications Manager, 541-756-8800 ext. 1243 or (cell) 541-297-4611.