Dads ’n hot rods

June 25, 2015

By Greg Farrar Zach Bishop, 4, of Issaquah, riding the shoulders of his dad, Robbi, sports the same color scheme of a 1968 Mustang Shelby Cobra on display Father’s Day, June 21, at Fenders on Front Street in downtown Issaquah. The yellow Mustang is owned by Issaquah resident Dan Harringa.

By Greg Farrar
Zach Bishop, 4, of Issaquah, riding the shoulders of his dad, Robbi, sports the same color scheme of a 1968 Mustang Shelby Cobra on display Father’s Day, June 21, at Fenders on Front Street in downtown Issaquah. The yellow Mustang is owned by Issaquah resident Dan Harringa.

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Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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Volunteers needed for Fenders on Front Street

June 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association needs volunteers for Fenders on Front Street car show June 21.

The 10th annual event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for one of four positions, including manning the new trolley run this year

Learn more or volunteer by contacting Karen Donovan at enews@downtownissaquah.com or 391-1112.

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Fenders on Front Street

June 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 1, 2015

Fenders on Front Street Car Show & Cruise, a Father’s Day tradition, returns June 21.

The free all-day event culminates with a cruise of classic cars. Starting at 3 p.m., car show participants will gather along Front Street North and cruise along West Sunset Way to Newport Way Northwest to Gilman Boulevard.

See hundreds of classic and vintage cars as you stroll down Front Street. Listen to classic tunes and see live music at several locations. End the afternoon with a barbecue at Confluence Park.

Learn more at www.fendersonfrontstreet.com.

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Fantastic fenders fill Front Street

June 17, 2014

Rain keeps cars away, but not spectators

More than 350 cars registered for the 2014 Fenders on Front Street car show, about half of what is usual when it isn’t raining.

But the off-and-on rain didn’t keep the people away. The closed-off street was packed during much of the show.

By Kathleen R. Merrill The display of this 1931 Buick, owned by Jan Pelroy, of Issaquah, was popular in part due to the intricate design of the interchangeable hood ornaments.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
The display of this 1931 Buick, owned by Jan Pelroy, of Issaquah, was popular in part due to the intricate design of the interchangeable hood ornaments.

Many families took their fathers to the show as a way to celebrate the day.

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Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.

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Registration opens for Fenders on Front Street

March 11, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has opened free registration to its ninth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, Father’s Day.

The show attracts car owners from across the state showing off their classic cars. There will be live music by the Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lance Lambert. Vinyl Radio will broadcast classic tunes all day with Jeff Shade, the host of the syndicated show “Talk About Cars.” The afternoon will culminate in a cruise to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

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Prepare for Fenders on Front Street traffic changes

June 12, 2012

Motorists should prepare for a downtown Issaquah road closure June 17 during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.

Organizers plan to close Front Street North from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way between 6 a.m. and   4 p.m. for the car show, a Mountains to Sound Greenway Days event.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Vehicles start to park at Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, and then park along the Staples parking lot to Front Street North and then along Front Street North toward Sunset Way as the need for space increases.

The car judging starts at about 11 a.m., with trophies presented at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., at 2 p.m.

Following the trophy presentations, at 3 p.m., car show participants gather on Front Street North and cruise to Sunset Way, and then to Newport Way and along Gilman Boulevard to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.

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In another shakeup, DownTown Issaquah Association leader resigns

December 13, 2011

The leader of the DownTown Issaquah Association resigned Dec. 6 — after only a few months on the job and less than a year after board members replaced the organization’s longtime executive director.

Executive Director Annique Bennett joined the organization as cultural events coordinator in early spring and then, months after another employee left the organization, board members promoted Bennett to the top spot.

“I have not been empowered by the DIA board to accomplish the goals they set for themselves or for me,” she said in a resignation emailed to association board members. “I have enjoyed working with each of you and wish you the best of luck on your community wine events and marketing.”

The announcement came a day before a major event on the DownTown Issaquah Association calendar, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the historic Hailstone Feed Store.

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DownTown Issaquah Association director resigns

December 7, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The leader of the DownTown Issaquah Association — the second person to hold the post since board members replaced the longtime executive director in February — resigned Tuesday, after only a few months on the job.

“I have not been empowered by the DIA Board to accomplish the goals they set for themselves or for me,” Executive Director Annique Bennett said in a message emailed to association board members Tuesday afternoon. “I have enjoyed working with each of you and wish you the best of luck on your community wine events and marketing.”

The announcement came a day before a major event on the DownTown Issaquah Association calendar, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the historic Hailstone Feed Store.

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