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.
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.
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.
April 22, 2014
The Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 will honor Joyce Adams as its Community Service Volunteer of the Year at 7:30 p.m. April 28.
The public is invited to celebrate Adams and be entertained by The Roving Fiddlers. The celebration will be in the Masonic Hall, third floor (there is an elevator), across Sunset Way from the Issaquah Library parking lot. There will be refreshments after the program.
The Issaquah Valley Grange is a fraternal organization that supports local agriculture. It also emphasizes community service, including support for other Issaquah organizations like the fish hatchery, VFW and local schools. For 11 years, the organization has given a dictionary to every third-grade student in the Issaquah schools in the Words for Thirds program.
February 25, 2014
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.
Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.
“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”
February 21, 2014
Artist’s memory lives on in his many murals
Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas was a one-man show with a paintbrush.
He had the innate ability to tell the story of a community with paint, ladders, a large blank wall and an unrivaled imagination.
Kangas died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 murals he crafted across the Pacific Northwest, a few of which grace Issaquah walls.
“Larry never had any children. He was a great uncle for many kids, but he called his murals his kids, his legacy,” said Sandy Kangas, Larry’s wife.
October 22, 2013
The Issaquah Police Department has compiled the estimated attendance for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.
Warm temperatures and sunshine brought in approximately 185,000 people to the two-day affair, according to Police Chief Paul Ayers.
The number is above last year’s 180,000 attendees, who also experienced temperate, sunny weather.
October 5, 2013
October 1, 2013
As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.
Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.
The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.
The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.
October 1, 2013
The volunteer association for Eastside Fire & Rescue will staff a “Give Burns the Boot” booth during the two-day Salmon Days Festival.
You can easily spot the 5-foot firefighter boot ready for your donation.
This is the Northwest Burn Foundation’s 24th annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising event.