Olympian Jennie Reed to serve as Salmon Days grand marshal
September 21, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 2012
Salmon Days Festival organizers tapped cyclist Jennie Reed, a silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics and Issaquah High School alumna, to serve as grand marshal in the celebration’s Grande Parade.
Reed, a 1996 Issaquah High graduate, won a silver medal in women’s team pursuit, a cycling event, last month at the London Olympics.
Salmon Days returns to downtown Issaquah for a 43rd outing Oct. 6-7.
Reed and the U.S. team of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo finished in 3:19.727 for silver. Great Britain earned the gold in the event and Canada claimed the bronze.
Salmon Days opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 as the Grande Parade starts inching through the business district. Expect almost 90 floats — including VIPs, such as Mayor Ava Frisinger and representatives from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco, plus entries from other Pacific Northwest festivals and local organizations.
The parade route runs along Front Street North and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
Travis Arket, a crab fisherman featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” served as the parade’s grand marshal last year.