Olympian Jennie Reed is Salmon Days grand marshal

September 25, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers tapped cyclist Jennie Reed, a silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics and Issaquah High School alumna, to serve as grand marshal in the celebration’s Grande Parade.

Reed, a 1996 Issaquah High graduate, won a silver medal in women’s team pursuit, a cycling event, last month at the London Olympics.

Salmon Days returns to downtown Issaquah for a 43rd outing Oct. 6-7. The festival opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 as the Grande Parade starts inching through the business district.

Reed and the U.S. team of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo finished in 3 minutes, 19.727 seconds for silver. Great Britain earned the gold in the event and Canada claimed the bronze.

Salmon Days Festival catches international honors

September 24, 2012

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.

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Olympian Jennie Reed to serve as Salmon Days grand marshal

September 21, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers tapped cyclist Jennie Reed, a silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics and Issaquah High School alumna, to serve as grand marshal in the celebration’s Grande Parade.

Jennie Reed

Reed, a 1996 Issaquah High graduate, won a silver medal in women’s team pursuit, a cycling event, last month at the London Olympics.

Salmon Days returns to downtown Issaquah for a 43rd outing Oct. 6-7.

Reed and the U.S. team of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo finished in 3:19.727 for silver. Great Britain earned the gold in the event and Canada claimed the bronze.

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Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

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Salmon Days Festival fun launches with volunteer sign-up party

September 5, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need volunteers to staff the annual celebration.

The festival staff is hosting a volunteer sign-up party at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Participants receive a free dinner and a the Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

Participants can sign up to take to man a Salmon Days booth, serve as a Refuse Ranger or drive a shuttle bus.

The opportunity to volunteer at Salmon Days is open to everybody age 8 and older, though children should be accompanied by adult volunteers.

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Salmon Days promises ‘thrills’ in festival theme

March 27, 2012

Salmon Days Festival 2012 theme

Salmon Days Festival organizers dipped into local history to craft the 2012 festival theme — “Thrills & Gills,” a hat tip to the Issaquah Rodeo from a century ago.

The logo sports a cowboy astride a leaping — or bucking — salmon. Organizers said the theme is meant to reflect the excitement of salmon returning to Issaquah Creek to spawn each autumn.

In the early 1900s, long before Salmon Days, a Fourth of July celebration and a rodeo at modern-day Veterans’ Memorial Field served as the main attractions in the coalmining and farming community. By 1910, the celebration shifted from Independence Day to Labor Day.

In 1970, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented the inaugural Salmon Days Festival as part of Labor Day festivities.

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Salmon Days Festival delivers mild, wild fun

October 4, 2011

Issaquah’s annual celebration returns for 42nd year

The S’Duk Albix parade float, with Snoqualmie Tribe members, enthralls Grande Parade spectators. Phot0 by Greg Farrar

Organizers promised a wild Salmon Days Festival.

The mild temperatures — misty clouds on Oct. 1 yielded to stray sunshine Oct. 2 — belied a rowdy theme, and crowds turned out in droves for the salmon-centric celebration.

The festival unfolded as a tribute to the untamed under the theme “Wild Things!” — a riff on the classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Salmon Days spanned Issaquah, from hydroplane races on Lake Sammamish to booths lined up downtown to a float-filled parade inching along city streets. The festival lured more than 150,000 people to Issaquah as the annual autumn celebration returned for a 42nd year.

To celebrate the occasion, Maple Valley resident Bob Taylor ordered a Flintstonian turkey leg from a Foods of the World booth along the trolley track and tore off a bite from the outsized drumstick.

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Salmon Days Festival 2011 / Oct. 1, 2011

October 1, 2011

Salmon Days Festival returns to downtown Issaquah

October 1, 2011

Girl Scout Troop 42127 members ride on a flatbed truck decorated with salmon Saturday during the annual Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 12:50 p.m. Oct. 1, 2011

The ode to salmon migration, Issaquah’s iconic Salmon Days Festival, returns to downtown Issaquah on Saturday.

The festival is expected to lure more than 100,000 attendees to the city Saturday and Sunday for a parade, carnival games, street snacks, arts and crafts, and, of course, a chance to see migrating chinook in Issaquah Creek.

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she then tells you a booth number or offers you a business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner. Find clues on Facebook, too.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Roving Fish Fan prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason Medical Center’s MediSpa, plus prizes from BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, Orthopedic Physician Associates, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Coldwell Banker Bain and Seattle Children’s.

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