Salmon Days is named best festival in the world

September 24, 2013

By Peter Clark

The 2012 Salmon Days Festival earned 11 international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 17.

The annual event earned the coveted gold for the Haas Wilkerson Grand Pinnacle Award, given to the best overall festival. Issaquah bested festivals from all around the world in the $250,000 to $750,000 budget category. Salmon Days also received the prestigious honor in 2009.

“I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of people who have made Salmon Days what it is for the last 43 years,” said Robin Kelley, festival director. “It has always been the best to us. It’s nice and humbling to see it recognized on the world stage.”

The festival also won these awards in the $250,000 to $750,000 budget category:

Bronze —
 Best Promotional Poster, Silver (tie) — 
Best Commemorative Poster, Bronze — Best T-Shirt Design, Silver
 — Best Pin or Button, Bronze — Best Other Merchandise, Gold — Best Miscellaneous Clothing, Gold — Best New Merchandise, Gold
 — Best Sponsor Gift
, Gold — Best New Event and Silver — Best New Promotion Activity.

The International Festivals and Events Association is the governing body and association responsible for the festival awards each year. This is the 57th IFEA award for Salmon Days since 2004 and the second time it has won gold in the Grand Pinnacle.


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