Salmon Days Festival returns for 41st year, attracts crowd

October 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010

The opening day of the Salmon Days Festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Issaquah under gray skies and in a cool, early fall temperatures to a celebration the annual salmon migration.

The festival returned Saturday for a 41st year, as Issaquah residents and out-of-towners packed the cordoned-off downtown to browse booths packed with artwork and snacks.

Festivalgoers crammed the bridge across Issaquah Creek at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to watch chinook fight the current.

The festival opener — the Grande Parade — attracted almost 100 entrants, including high school marching bands, phalanxes of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, supporters of nonprofit organizations, and representatives from the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and other Evergreen State events.

Crowds two and three people deep at points lined the parade route along Front Street North and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Candidates for local, state and federal posts descended on Issaquah to meet residents and shore up support.

Salmon Days continues Sunday. Plan for road closures from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the following streets from:

  • Front Street from Newport Way Southwest to Northwest Gilman Boulevard
  • East Sunset Way from Second Avenue Southeast to Newport Way Northwest
  • Rainer Boulevard South and First Avenue Southeast from East Sunset Way to the community center
  • Southeast Bush Street and Southeast Andrews Street from Second Avenue Southeast to Front Street South
  • First Place Northeast and First Avenue Northwest from West Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street

In addition, the following streets closed from 8 a.m. – noon Sunday:

  • Seventh Avenue Northwest, Second Avenue Northwest and Fourth Avenue Northwest
  • Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood Street to Northwest Juniper Street
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