2008 festival named best in the world

September 29, 2009

By Staff

Judges ranked the 2008 Salmon Days Festival as the premier festival in the world, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced Wednesday. The weekend-long event celebrated the theme “It’s a Wonderful Whirl.”Salmon Days was awarded the prestigious Grande Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation during the International Festivals & Events Association awards ceremony Wednesday. Salmon Days also picked up seven other awards at the ceremony, in Indianapolis.

Salmon Days won seven awards in the category for events with budgets between $250,000 and $749,000. The festival pocketed three Gold awards for Best Poster, Best Pin or Button, and Best Environmental Program, three Silver awards for Best Single Display Ad, Best Hat and Best Miscellaneous Clothing, and a Bronze Award for Best Sponsor Solicitation Program.

The prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition attracted entries from more than 2,000 festivals and event producers worldwide.

The competition strives for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions. Judges recognize entrants who continually improve the quality and image of festivals and special events.

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One Response to “2008 festival named best in the world”

  1. steve on October 2nd, 2009 5:45 am

    Here’s my take on the festival, based on what has been published in the Press: The Salmon Days festival itself is great. However, at its center is the hatchery whose worth is debatable. Regardless of the debate over artificially vs. naturally spawned salmon, the shameful fact is that the hatchery’s intake dam has hampered migration to natural spawning grounds for 73 years. Once the desired number of fish have been collected, the rest of the run is left to struggle for passage further upstream, and officials admit that most do not succeed. Seeking funds in the current financial climate to correct this unforgiveable situation is likely to be just as unsuccessful. Why not build a temporary fish ladder in the meantime? If FISH is so gung ho on salmon, why does the organization ignore this impediment? I live near upper Issaquah Creek and have never seen salmon in it even during heavy runs–this is NOT RIGHT!

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