Salmon Days unveils ‘wild’ festival theme

April 19, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The venerable Salmon Days Festival turns 42 in October, but the long-running festival is anything but tame in middle age.

Organizers picked the theme “Wild Things!” for the upcoming festival to celebrate the return of kings, reds, silvers and chums — the kind of salmon lingo preferred by organizers of the fish-centric festival.

2011 Salmon Days Festival theme

Like she has for the past 17 festivals, Issaquah designer Robin Dale Spicer created the logo.

Robin Kelley, festivals director at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the chief Salmon Days organizer, described the “Wild Things!” theme as “exciting and fun, with whimsical characters that embrace all aspects of the community we serve.”

Organizers planned to announce the theme at a chamber function April 19.

“Salmon Days has some creative new ideas for this 42nd year to bring people together in the spirit of fun and excitement,” Kelley continued. “Thanks to the incredible talent of Robin Dale Spicer, graphic designer extraordinaire, the design incorporates elements of whimsy and diversity. Keep your eyes open around Issaquah for all the wild things!”

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

The iconic festival earned eight awards in March in a state ranking of top festivals, including Best Overall Promotional Campaign in the $150,000-and-more budget category. The awards honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something up our leaves.”

Salmon Days is a major fundraiser for more than 60 nonprofit service groups and organizations, as well as the chamber of commerce.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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