Salmon Days Festival receives international honor

September 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Judges ranked the Salmon Days Festival as the No. 2 in the world for 2009, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced Wednesday.

Salmon Days received the Silver Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation from the International Festivals & Events Association, after taking the top prize in the category last year. The fish-centric festival also picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, in St. Louis.

Salmon Days received Gold awards for Best Sponsor Solicitation Program, Best Program, Best Pin or Button, and Best Hat.

The Issaquah Press produces the Ohfishal Festival Program for Salmon Days.

The festival earned Silver awards for Best Single New Sponsorship, Best Single Display Ad, Best Poster, Best Environmental Program and Best Miscellaneous Clothing.

The clothing honor highlighted the  “If Fishes Were Wishes” T-shirt designed by 7-year-old Atesha Banki.

Salmon Days picked up Bronze awards for Best Volunteer Program, Best Overall Merchandise and Best New Merchandise.

Salmon Days won the awards in the category for events with budgets between $250,000 and $749,999.

The prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition attracted entries from more than 2,000 festivals and event producers worldwide — including Bumbershoot, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in California and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio.

The free festival attracted more than 180,000 people to downtown Issaquah last Oct. 3-4. The festival celebrated theme “40 Years of Great Returns. Still Fresh. Still Fun. Still Free.”

Salmon Days returns for a 41st season Oct. 2-3.

In March, the Washington Festivals and Events Association honored Salmon Days as the top festival in the state.

The advertising deadline for the upcoming program is Friday. In order to be included in the program, contact The Press’ advertising staff.

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One Response to “Salmon Days Festival receives international honor”

  1. Justin on September 15th, 2010 9:25 pm

    It’s great to see such achievements awarded to a great festival in what used to be a very small town. Growing up on the Issaquah creek, just down the street from Memorial Field, I couldn’t wait to spend all my time at Salmon Days each year. I will never forget the sound of the banana helicopters flying over the roof of my house to land at Memorial Field.. Bring back the helicopters, the tank tours and the rides. It wont diminish the symbol of what Salmon Days is all about. It might even raise awareness to people who don’t go to support the real cause. Cheers from Chicago. I will attend the festival next year with my 1 year old daughter so she can experience it for the first time.

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