Salmon Days Festival catches international honors

September 24, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 24, 2012

The iconic Salmon Days Festival caught six international honors, festival organizers announced Monday.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association recognized the 2011 festival and the theme “Wild Things!” Salmon Days a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals — plus awards for clothing and merchandise.

The festival competes against other events in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

Salmon Days received top — or Gold — honors for Best Hat, Best Other Merchandise and Best Miscellaneous Clothing.

In addition to the Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award, Salmon Days also received Bronze honors for Best T-Shirt Design and Best Pin or Button.

BorderFest 2011 in Hidalgo, Texas, garnered earned the top honor in the same category as Salmon Days, and the River & Spires Festival in Clarksville, Tenn., clinched the No. 2 spot.

International Festivals & Events Association leaders announced the awards Sept. 21 at a convention in Denver. Organizers awarded honors in 69 categories.

The most recent festival attracted more than 150,000 people to downtown and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery last year. Salmon Days returns for a 43rd year Oct. 6-7.

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