Salmon Days nets awards for 2010 festival

March 15, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5:30 p.m. March 15, 2011

The iconic Salmon Days Festival earned eight awards Tuesday in a state ranking of top festivals.

Salmon Days received the top honor — a Gold Summit Award — for Best Overall Promotional Campaign, Best T-shirt, Best New Green Program and Best Other Merchandise for the punny Fishlips Fish Balm.

In the next tier, the festival received Silver Summit Awards for Best Pin and Best Community Program; and Bronze Summit Awards for Best Promotional Poster and Best Events Program.

The Issaquah Press produces the Salmon Days Ohfishal Program for the festival organizer, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

The professional competition from the Washington Festivals and Events Association attracts entries from festivals and event producers in the Evergreen State.

Salmon Days competed against festivals in the $150,000-and-more budget category. The awards honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something up our leaves.”

Organizers received the awards at the Northwest Festivals and Events Conference in Bellevue.

The festival last October attracted more than 180,000 people to downtown Issaquah and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Salmon Days returns for a 42nd year Oct. 1-2.

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