Salmon Days kicks off with volunteer party

September 7, 2010

By David Hayes

When an invading army descends upon a region to conquer, it takes a battalion of support personnel to keep the invaders well-fed and supplied.

In this case, the Salmon Days Festivals Office is seeking a battalion-sized corps of volunteers to manage the needs and demands of more than 200,000 visitors to Issaquah’s annual ode to the salmon in October.

To properly welcome and arm volunteers, the festivals office invites everyone in the community to its Ohfishal Volunteer Sign Up Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Pauline Middlehurst, spawnsorship and promotions manager, said between 350 and 400 volunteers are needed to keep the festival running smoothly Oct. 2 and 3. She said there is no age requirement.

“Children are encouraged to come with their parents,” Middlehurst said. “Last year, we had a couple families volunteering together at the Field of Fun. It was a great opportunity.”

Everyone who signs up at the volunteer party will receive a free T-shirt, a free dinner catered by Timber Ridge at Talus and free Cokes. Volunteer positions are many, and include:

  • Field of Fun
  • Hospitality booths
  • Retail booths
  • Tech team
  • Refuse Rangers
  • Office help, before and after the festival
  • Distribute fliers and napkins
  • Set up and take down
  • Booth sitters (to provide vendors with breaks)

In addition to festival volunteers, others are needed to man sporting weekend events, including the geoteaming Sept. 25 and the golf tournament at Mount Si on Sept. 26. The Rotary 1K, 5K and 10K run Oct. 3 also needs volunteers. To sign up for that event, call David Seligman at 206-227-4023 or go to

Middlehurst said volunteers are not required to attend the sign-up party to participate. The festivals office will take sign-ups all the way up to the day of the festival. Learn more by calling 392-0661, going to or stopping by the festivals office in City Hall South, 130 E. Sunset Way.

David Hayes:, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at

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