October 1, 2008
Celebrate the miracle of Salmon Days
The mighty chinook have returned home to Issaquah Creek. If you haven’t had a chance to see them in the creek or at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, do make a point to do so in the next week or two.
There are plenty of them, and they are huge! The coho run will be right behind them.
The hatchery has been a popular spot the past few weeks, for families and for school bus loads of children, all here to witness the homecoming and celebrate the miracle of Mother Nature. Each year, we marvel in the salmons’ journey from here to nearly Alaska and back again, all by following their nose.
The hatchery has become a treasure to more than just Issaquah. Visitors from around the world come here to see the salmon and the exhibits to learn about the watershed and the salmon life cycle.
This weekend, the celebration cranks up a notch or two (an understatement) at the annual Salmon Days Festival. This grand party takes a year of preparation that culminates with the arrival of artists and their wares, foods of the world, nearly 500 booths and displays, entertainment, souvenir stands, parade floats and marching bands, dignitaries, 500 volunteers who will do everything from directing traffic to clearing litter, and at least 150,000 people here to enjoy the sights and sounds.
Issaquah residents have an extra duty this weekend, as they play host to the guests. First, be welcoming and patient. With a little preplanning, there is no reason to be inconvenienced by the traffic that comes along with the good times.
Second, set a good example by riding the shuttle bus to the fair, leaving your bicycles and pets at home, and recycling your trash.
Third, say thanks to the sponsoring companies if you have a chance. Without them, there wouldn’t be a Salmon Days.
Issaquah, ready or not, the city’s big event is upon us. It’s going to be another memorable weekend!