Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

Prospective volunteers can join the salmon-centric festival at the annual Salmon Days volunteer sign-up party Sept. 12. Organizers need volunteers to lend a hand Oct. 6-7 as more than 180,000 festivalgoers come to Issaquah for the iconic event.

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Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party

“We welcome all community members to share in the ‘thrills and gills’ of the festival by serving as an Ohfishal festival volunteer,” Salmon Days Festival Director Robin Kelley said in a statement.

Participants receive a free dinner catered by Timber Ridge at Talus and, for signing up for one or more volunteer shifts, a free Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

Festival volunteers ensure the event runs smoothly as visitors explore the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, shop at artists’ and artisans’ booths, nosh on snacks and participate in family-friendly activities, such as the Salmon Days Grande Parade and the Field of Fun.

The opportunity to volunteer at Salmon Days is open to everybody, although children should be accompanied by adult volunteers.

Salmon Days volunteers do not need to attend the sign-up party to participate, although attendance is encouraged.

Salmon Days officials dipped into local history to craft the 2012 festival theme — thrills & gills — a hat tip to the Issaquah Rodeo from a century ago.

The festival supports more than 70 local nonprofit, service or charitable organizations. Organizers estimate Salmon Days’ annual economic impact to Issaquah at more than $7.5 million.

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