Salmon Days Festival catches international honors
October 2, 2012
The iconic Salmon Days Festival caught six international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 24.
The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association recognized the 2011 festival and the theme “Wild Things!” Salmon Days earned 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, 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.