October 1, 2013
Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay
Rain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters.
Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you.
But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend.
The party, of course, is Salmon Days, recently named the world’s best festival of its size — again!
Hold that thought as the sun peeks out to kiss the tops of nearly 500 canopies holding the arts and crafts and food booths. Remember “world’s best” as you pause among the crowds to enjoy the live entertainment on five stages, watch the dogs jump and dive, laugh at the clowns in the grand parade, greet friends on Front Street and follow the smoke to the salmon bake.
Hopefully you enjoy the festival without an umbrella, but either way, the festival is Issaquah’s best foot forward and open invitation to the world to see what’s so special about our town. See you there!
Trolley adds to downtown
Nearly 1,800 riders have discovered the fun of riding on the Issaquah Trolley in its first couple months of weekend operations.
It’s easy to be critical of the trolley. It’s not really part of Issaquah’s history and the ride only goes about four blocks and back again to the train depot. But who can argue that it is just a little bit of uniqueness that adds to the fun spirit of the historic downtown?
As Conductor Barb Justice says, “The best part is the happy kids and their parents and grandparents.”
The other merchants downtown would probably say that the trolley’s vitality to the Front Street core is the best part.
Either way, we hope it’s around for so many years that it actually becomes part of the town history.