Salmon Days nets state festival honors

April 10, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

The iconic Salmon Days Festival continues to spawn awards.

The annual event earned seven awards March 27 in a state ranking of top festivals.

Salmon Days received the top honor — a Gold Summit Award — for Best Overall Promotional Campaign, Best Community/Partnership Program and Best T-shirt from the Washington Festivals and Events Association.

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In the next tier, the festival received Silver Summit Awards for Best Website and Best Souvenir Pin; and Bronze Summit Awards for Best Promotional Poster and Best Other Merchandise for a special tile and coasters.

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 2011 festival and the theme “Wild Things!” — a riff on the classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.”

The festival organizer, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, received the awards at the Northwest Festivals and Events Conference in Blaine.

The festival in October attracted more than 150,000 people to downtown Issaquah and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Salmon Days is a perennial favorite among Washington Festivals and Events Association honorees and on the global level through the International Festivals & Events Association.

The festival — under the theme “Thrills & Gills” — is scheduled to return for a 43rd year Oct. 6-7.

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

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