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.

Jennie Reed

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.

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