New Salmon Days logo has 70’s ‘mojo’

June 10, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

The 2014 Salmon Days Festival will be groovy, baby.

Event organizers exclusively announced to The Issaquah Press June 4 that they’ll throw it all the way back to the festival’s 1970’s origins with this year’s theme — “Coho Mojo.”

“The salmon are going to shag this year, instead of spawn,” joked Robin Kelley, festival director.

The era is emphasized in the festival’s 2014 logo, punctuated with vibrant colors and bright flowers. Issaquah designer Robin Dale Spicer crafted the design.

“One of the fun things about it is that different generations have different connections to the decade,” Kelley said of the theme.

Some lived through the 1970s, experiencing the flower-power era in all its glory, while a younger generation was exposed to it through pop culture and movies such as “Austin Powers,” she said.

Festival staff members are already anxiously anticipating ways to incorporate the theme in this year’s activities, Kelley said. Expect bell bottoms, disco and plenty of ‘70’s-era lingo to make an appearance.

Salmon Days returns for its 45th year Oct. 4-5.

Last year, more than 185,000 people descended on Issaquah for the homegrown event celebrating the autumn return of local salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Issaquah Creek.

The popular festival, featuring a parade, food, games, vendors and live music, is consistently honored for excellence on both the state and international level.

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