Salmon Days Festival is ‘Streaming Live’

January 29, 2013

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

Salmon Days Festival organizers adore puns. For the next festival theme, expect a blend of homespun and high-tech.

The theme for the October celebration is “Streaming Live” — a nod to instantaneous communication and salmon habitat.

“Even after 44 years, our Salmon Days Festival promises to be more current than ever,” Robin Kelley, lead Salmon Days organizer, said in unveiling the theme Jan. 24. “Innovation and interpretation, pixilation and Pinterest, in the cloud, going viral, browsing and blogs. This year’s theme is today and looking to the future.”

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Salmon Days Festival catches international honors

October 2, 2012

The iconic Salmon Days Festival caught six international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 24.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association recognized the 2011 festival and the theme “Wild Things!” Salmon Days earned 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.

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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 reels in international honors

October 25, 2011

The day after the Salmon Days Festival concluded for a 42nd year, the iconic Issaquah event received 11 international honors.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something Up Our Leaves.” Salmon Days received honors for advertising, print, promotional and retail merchandise, including a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals.

The festival competes against other events in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

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Salmon Days Festival nets international honors

October 6, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The day after the Salmon Days Festival concluded for a 42nd year, the iconic Issaquah event received 11 international honors.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something up our leaves.” Salmon Days received numerous honors for advertising, print, promotional and retail merchandise, including a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals.

Salmon Days competes against other festivals in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

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Salmon Days receives international honor

September 21, 2010

Judges ranked the Salmon Days Festival as the No. 2 festival in the world for 2009, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced last week.

Salmon Days received the Silver Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation from the International Festivals & Events Association, after taking the top prize in the category last year. The fish-centric festival picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, held in St. Louis.

Salmon Days received Gold awards for Best Sponsor Solicitation Program, Best Program, Best Pin or Button, and Best Hat.

The Issaquah Press produces the Ohfishal Festival Program for Salmon Days.

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Salmon Days Festival receives international honor

September 15, 2010

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Judges ranked the Salmon Days Festival as the No. 2 in the world for 2009, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced Wednesday.

Salmon Days received the Silver Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation from the International Festivals & Events Association, after taking the top prize in the category last year. The fish-centric festival also picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, in St. Louis.

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Salmon Days named top festival in Washington

March 16, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Salmon Days Festival reeled in — pardon the puns — a boatload of awards, including the top festival honor in the state, event organizers announced last week. Read more

Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Salmon Days marks 40th year

September 29, 2009

Salmon, lined up like rush-hour commuters, return en masse Sept. 25 to the fish ladder at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, just in time for the 40th annual Salmon Days Festival. By Greg Farrar

Salmon, lined up like rush-hour commuters, return en masse Sept. 25 to the fish ladder at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, just in time for the 40th annual Salmon Days Festival. By Greg Farrar

As the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival marks a ruby anniversary — a color chinook take on as the fish swim upstream — festival organizers and volunteers looked back at how the festival changed and grew over 40 years.Since 1970, Salmon Days has turned from a small-town fair to a regional festival — and a crucial draw for out-of-towners and tourism dollars.

Salmon Days also provides a chance for local nonprofit organizations to reach out to the community, and for the festival and city to showcase sustainability efforts. Despite the advances during the past four decades, organizers and officials said the purpose of the festival remains the same.

“Salmon Days is all about the heart and soul of the community,” Pauline Middlehurst, spawnsor and public relations manager for the festival’s office, said with a week remaining until opening day.

A 2004 study showed the festival pumped $7.5 million into the Issaquah economy. Middlehurst said the figure represented the dollars spent outside festival grounds. In other words, money spent for gas, meals and lodging at local businesses.

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