Editorial

October 1, 2013

Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay

 

Rain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters.

Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you.

But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend.

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Wake up, run with the fishes

October 1, 2013

The Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes is Oct. 6.

This year’s run is the 37th annual Rotary run. Runners can participate in the Run with the Fishes 5K Run/Walk or the Kids Dash.

For those who want to make a race of it, timing chips will be provided, or participants can just walk or stroll. Event proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Issaquah Rotary Foundation.

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Music Man

October 1, 2013

David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years

David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.

Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.

The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.

“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

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Salmon Days finale features all-star band

October 1, 2013

After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.

The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.

The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.

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Salmon Days is named best festival in the world

September 24, 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 in the $250,000 to $750,000 budget category. 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.”

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Issaquah Salmon Days is named best festival in the world

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.

Splash!MOB contest takes over Issaquah

September 17, 2013

Issaquah shoppers and diners may have noticed a slew of richly decorated salmon perched among city businesses and restaurants.

The fake fish hold the key to a rather hefty prize.

The Salmon Days Festival’s Splash!MOB: The Ultimate Salmon Quest returns this year with a grand prize of $650 worth of local gift cards given to a lucky winner who completes the salmon scavenger hunt.

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Wheels or shoes, this race is for you

September 10, 2013

Whether you race on two wheels or two feet, there is an event to challenge you in conjunction with Salmon Days, Oct. 5 and 6.

The Salmon Days-sponsored Upstream Hill Climb for bicycles will be Sept. 28. The 37th annual Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes will be Oct. 6.

Salmon Days took over sponsorship of the established Cougar Mountain Climb for Cancer and changed the name to Upstream Hill Climb to fit with the Salmon Days theme, according to Brian Twiggs, director of sponsorships for Salmon Days.

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Volunteer for Salmon Days at party tonight

September 10, 2013

NEW — 9 a.m. Sept. 10, 2013

Salmon Days organizers need all the help they can muster to accommodate the more than 150,000 visitors expected to stream into Issaquah for the annual festival Oct. 5-6.

Prospective volunteers can join the iconic festival at the annual Salmon Days volunteer sign-up party tonight. Organizers need volunteers for a variety of activities, including manning booths, selling souvenirs and cleaning up after the event concludes.

Party participants receive a free dinner catered by Timber Ridge at Talus and, for signing up for one or more volunteer shifts, a free Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

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Salmon Days stage renamed for David Harris

September 3, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013

The Salmon Days Festival’s mainstage will bear the name of an important Issaquah legend beginning this year.

David Harris

David Harris

The David Harris Rainier Boulevard Stage honors the man that has dedicated 30 years to the annual event.

Harris, a member of the Issaquah Hall of Fame, has long overseen much of anything that has to do with musical entertainment in this town. That includes organization of the music for both Salmon Days and Concerts on the Green.

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