Head to the carnival at Salmon Days

October 4, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 4, 2014

What could be better at a festival than a carnival, with little rides and big rides, and a Ferris wheel?

The rides are in the Staples parking lot, an easy walk from the festival.

The carnival runs until 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Shuttle service only runs until 7 p.m., so if you’re planning to attend the carnival after hours, arrange for other transportation and parking.

Get festival updates and photos throughout the weekend right here on our website, on our Facebook and Twitter.

Head to the FISHop during Salmon Days

October 4, 2014

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4, 2014

Salmon Days is a good time to stop in at the FISHop.

The store for salmon souvenirs will be open the same hours as the festival — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A new image representing the city’s favorite swimmer is a chalk board rendition of a coho available on collectible lapel pins, drink coasters, postcards, holiday ornaments, coffee mugs and dish towels.

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Don’t miss the Saturday morning Salmon Days Grande Parade

October 3, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 3, 2014

The Salmon Days annual festival gets underway Oct. 4 with style with its showpiece Grande Parade.

Starting at 10 a.m., the parade features floats, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, dignitaries, equestrians and more.

The parade starts at Front and Dogwood streets and continues down Northwest Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue.

Festival officials recommend for the best viewing you stake out a spot along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Front Street and 10th Avenue.

Learn more here.

Get Salmon Days/Issaquah gear now, and daylong carnival ride tickets for $20

October 1, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 1, 2014

Get your Salmon Days/Issaquah gear before everyone else, and daylong carnival ride tickets at a 20 percent discount!

Festival organizers have set two pre-Salmon Days release events today and tomorrow for locals to purchase the latest in festival gear, including new 2014 Issaquah/Salmon Days hats, T-shirts and outerwear.

Get your deals at the Visitor Information Center/Chamber/Salmon Days Festival office, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., from 4-7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. The retail items include hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, vintage items, Issaquah artist prints and more.

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Editorial — Top 10 reasons to go Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

Here fishy, fishy!

It’s that time, Issaquah. Time to welcome our returning salmon and about 150,000 people to town.

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Off The Press — It’s the unnamed holiday first October weekend!

September 30, 2014

Maybe it goes without saying, but maybe not. Salmon Days is just one heck of a lucky theme for us to have for the annual Issaquah community festival! No one today would ever build a fish hatchery in an urban area like this.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

But more than 75 years ago, with no floating bridge from Seattle, this was about as far out as the boonies as we could imagine. With a big salmon-habitat creek running through a small downtown, with the automobile age in its infancy, what was a logical place for a hatchery has turned out to be a stroke of luck today.

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ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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2014, the year the Salmon Days’ new carnival came to town

September 16, 2014

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was Salmon Days weekend, 2014. I’m sure of this because I still remember counting more than 200 mid-term election signs on the way to the festival. I was 12 years old, which meant in my family, this was my 12th Salmon Days.

My sister and I always looked forward to Salmon Days with my parents. My dad would hand each of us $20 to spend on whatever we wanted, much to the disapproval of our mom and dentist.

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Salmon Days is more than fishy fun

September 9, 2014

After 44 years, most people around the Puget Sound area have an awareness of the Salmon Days Festival.

For some out-of-towners, it’s “that arts and crafts festival with the huge salmon in that beautiful Eastside community.” To others it’s “the last big not-to-miss festival of the year.” To those who live in Issaquah, however, the festival is so much more.

To most locals, it’s a yearly tradition spanning generations, a time for the community — businesses, nonprofit organizations, city leaders, citizens, young and old alike — to come together for a weekend of community pride and community showcasing. Some businesses report they have their busiest two days of the year.

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Golf tourney to kick off annual Salmon Days Festival

September 9, 2014

Salmon Days 2014 will introduce a competitive golf tournament to kick off the festival.

The Salmon Days Golf Classic is at The Golf Club at Newcastle, Coal Creek Course, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Organizers are trying to make a festive experience for everyone in attendance, so entrance to the event gets you lunch, dinner, drinks, contests and a lot more.

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