Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up event is Sept. 7

August 30, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival organizers are having their annual volunteer sign-up party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

During the event, those willing to help with Issaquah’s yearly Salmon Days festival can sign up to take on any one or more of several tasks, including helping with a Salmon Days booth, being a “refuse ranger” or manning a shuttle bus.

This year’s Salmon Days is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.

Potential volunteers should note that the volunteer party has been moved from its traditional date, said Pauline Middlehurst, sponsorship and promotions manager for the festival.

“This year, the sign-up party is a week early and on a different day, so we are really trying to let folks know in a timely manner,” Middlehurst said.

Following the pattern of previous years, the volunteer party would have been held the second Tuesday of September. The date was changed because Pickering Barn already was booked, Middlehurst said.

Besides the information booth and cleanup, folks are needed to man the festival bike corral, sell festival T-shirts and souvenirs, or assist with the Grande Parade on Oct. 1. All in all, organizers need help in about 15 different areas. Families or groups are invited to volunteer together.

In general, volunteers work shifts of three to four hours. Salmon Days welcomes volunteers of all ages, though Middlehurst said those under 14 should be accompanied by a parent. Younger volunteers are common on the Salmon Days Field of Fun, she said. This year, planners are looking for persons familiar with the rules of chess as a large chess game is planned for this year.

During the volunteer sign-up party, participants can enjoy a free meal courtesy of Timber Ridge at Talus and pick up an “ohfishal Wild Thing” Salmon Days T-shirt.

Learn more or find a sign-up sheet at www.salmondays.org, or call the Salmon Days office at 392-0661.

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