Fenders on Front Street Car Show highlights Greenway Days Festival
June 9, 2009
By David Hayes
For two days in June, more than Interstate 90 will connect Seattle and Eastside residents.
The 1.4 million acres of natural land that make up the Mountains to Sound Greenway and stretch along I-90 will be part of the sixth annual Greenway Days.
Hosted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the festival will have more than 25 events June 20-21 in 10 communities over 100 miles along I-90. Participants will get a chance to learn more about the culture and history of the area, as well as the outdoor recreation available. The various activities include hikes, relays, bike rides, a car show and guided tours of local historical hot spots.Events will take place in Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island, North Bend, Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Seattle and Ellensburg.
The Greenway Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991. It oversees 1.4 million acres of natural land, stretching along I-90 from the Puget Sound to Central Washington.
It works to preserve this land by repairing trails and supporting open land protection, among other activities.
Fenders on Front Street
Issaquah will host nine events, including a guided hike covering the city’s historical mining operations June 20 and Fenders on Front Street, one of the largest car shows in the area, on June 21.
Organizers know they’ve got an exciting event on their hands in the car show, if only the weather would cooperate.
Coordinator Joe Forkner said the show’s first year in 2005 proved to be the best attended. About 800 classic cars lined Front Street and filled the parking lots around the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in restaurant. Unfortunately, it rained the second year and only about 200 cars showed. The weather affected turnout last year as well, with the extreme heat limiting participation to about 400.
“But even with 400 cars, we still had 1,000 people attend,” Forkner said.
Sponsor DownTown Issaquah Association is offering more attractions. Live music will play at a stage in front of Mills Music. Art galleries will be open. Food will be provided by Stan’s Bar-B-Q, Fischer Meats, Flying Pie Pizza, Front Street Café and the Eagles Lodge will cook breakfast.
Jose Enciso Sr., the owner of XXX, will offer the restaurant’s classic Ford bus to shuttle weary walkers from the restaurant, Gilman Village, Dogwood and Sunset streets.
“It worked really well last year,” Forkner said. “So, we decided to bring it back as a centerpiece this year.”
For classic car owners, Forkner said the first 500 will each get commemorative dash plaques, and 10 to 12 trophies will be awarded in various categories.
The day culminates with a parade of cars at 3 p.m., down Front Street, west on Sunset, north on Newport to state Route 900, then back down Gilman Boulevard, when the drivers are then free to go their separate ways.
If you go
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Fin Days — 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 20-21 —Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way
Issaquah Farmers Market — 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 20 — Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave
Coal Creek Trail Hike — 9:30 a.m. June 20 — Issaquah Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St.
Issaquah and Superior Mine Hike — 10 a.m. June 20 — Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.
Downtown Issaquah History Hike — 1 p.m. June 20 — 4Issaquah Train Depot
Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise — 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 21 — Front Street, from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way
Red Town Loop Hike — 9:30 a.m. June 21 — Issaquah Trails Center
Grand Ridge Mine Hike — 10 a.m. June 21 — Issaquah Train Depot
Coal Creek Falls Loop Hike — June 21 — Issaquah Trails Center — call 746-0709
Learn more and get a detailed list of events at www.mtsgreenway.org/greenwaydays.