July 2, 2015
Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.
That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.
September 23, 2014
The growth of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival requires more people to help put on the award-winning community celebration Oct. 4-5.
About 100 people are still needed to help the more than 150,000 people who typically come to the festival each year.
Volunteer shifts are available in areas such as the children’s favorite Field of Fun, festival set up, retail support, transportation logistics and more.
June 10, 2014
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.
September 20, 2013
NEW — 5:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013
The 2012 Salmon Days Festival earned 11 international honors, festival organizers announced Sept. 17.
The annual event earned the coveted gold for the Haas Wilkerson Grand Pinnacle Award, given to the best overall festival. Issaquah bested festivals from all around the world. Salmon Days also received the prestigious honor in 2009.
“I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of people who have made Salmon Days what it is for the last 43 years,” said Robin Kelley, festival director. “It has always been the best to us. It’s nice and humbling to see it recognized on the world stage.”
The International Festivals and Events Association is the governing body and association responsible for the festival awards each year. This is the 57th IFEA award for Salmon Days since 2004 and the second time it has won gold in the Grand Pinnacle.
February 5, 2013
There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.
The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.
“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.
January 29, 2013
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.”
October 9, 2012
Unseasonably warm weather greets visitors for fun, sun
The calendar says it is October. The changing colors of the tree leaves suggest that autumn is in the air and the endless stream of chinook congregating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery definitely confirms it.
July 24, 2012
Before the Salmon Days Festival turned into a Pacific Northwest icon, organizers turned to a bona fide Pacific Northwest icon in 1970 to lead a parade at the celebration.
The clown J.P. Patches, a mainstay of after-school TV for generations of Seattle-area children, and sidekick Gertrude marched in the initial Salmon Days parade before a 15,000-member crowd.
Chris Wedes, a.k.a. Julius Pierpont Patches, died July 22 after a long battle against multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
Dressed in a tattered hat and patchwork coat, J.P. Patches resided in a landfill, cavorted alongside the mop-headed Gertrude — played by ex-Marine Bob Newman in lipstick and a Raggedy Ann wig — and introduced TV audiences to a colorful cast of characters as a host on KIRO.
July 23, 2012
NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 23, 2012
Before the Salmon Days Festival turned into a Pacific Northwest icon, organizers turned to a bona fide Pacific Northwest icon to lead a parade at the celebration.
June 26, 2012
Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.