Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 10

August 30, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 30, 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 Sept. 10. Organizers need volunteers for a variety of activities, including manning booths, selling souvenirs and cleaning up after the event concludes.

“We look forward to seeing the smiling faces of longtime volunteers as well as meeting new members of the community, who we hope, like our salmon, return each year,”  Salmon Days Festival Director Robin Kelley said in a statement.

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Enter your art for this year’s Salmon Days

June 25, 2013

The Issaquah Festivals Office is accepting submissions of fine art, illustrations and/or graphic designs for potential “Salmon Days, salmon or Issaquah-oriented” print, promotions and/or festival gear consideration.

Submissions should be representative of Northwest salmon, Issaquah, local/regional scenery, Salmon Days and/or this year’s festival theme, “Streaming live.”

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Salmon Days may up security

May 14, 2013

After the Boston Marathon bombings April 15, event organizers across the country are reconsidering security concerns and those who run Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days festival are no different.

“We’re very aware of it,” Salmon Days Director Robin Kelley said. “We’ve been through this before with 9/11.”

She said organizers will have a concerted effort with the Issaquah Police Department and have already begun to review their measures and see if there is any room for improvement.

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Issaquah Salmon Days takes home seven awards

March 23, 2013

Contributed Robin Kelley holds the seven Summit Awards given to the Salmon Days Festival by the Washington Festivals and Events Association on March 19, 2013.

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Robin Kelley holds the seven Summit Awards given to the Salmon Days Festival by the Washington Festivals and Events Association on March 19, 2013.

The Washington Festivals and Events Association honored Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days festival not just once, but seven times March 19.

The Salmon Days Festival theme presented to the Washington Festivals and Events Association was “Thrills and Gills.”

The Salmon Days festival received silver in the Grand Summit Award category, along with three gold awards for Best Event Program, Best T-shirt, Best Other Merchandise and three silver Summit Awards, for Best Commemorative Poster, Best Promotional Brochure and Best Website within its budget category of $150,000 and over.

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Bill would allow Issaquah to continue marketing Salmon Days

February 26, 2013

Funding for parts of Salmon Days could be in jeopardy if the state Legislature doesn’t pass a bill under consideration in the house and senate.

Since 2007, localities in the state have been able to use money from the lodging tax, taxes paid by hotel guests, to help fund special events or festivals and also nonprofit organizations that promote tourism. The provision that allows those uses expires June 30.

Localities would still be permitted to collect the taxes, but they would have more restrictions on the ways they could use the money. In Issaquah, that means funding for some parts of the Salmon Days festival and other activities would be in jeopardy.

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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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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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Head to Beaver Lake for hatchery rainbow trout

November 6, 2012

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to release some of those big rainbow trout you may have seen in a rearing pond at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. In fact, you may have fed them through the fence with fish food provided by the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery during Salmon Days.

Dallas Cross

Beaver Lake in Sammamish will be the fortunate recipient site. The department announced it will release about 2,000 rainbow trout weighing from 2-3 pounds, and open the lake for fishing at sunrise Nov. 8. The lake was to be closed for fishing Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the reopening.

The daily limit for Beaver Lake is five fish of which only two may exceed 15 inches in length. Two of those big trout should be more than enough to feed most families.

Now, here is an easy-to-access, urban lake that is close by and only 15 minutes from downtown Issaquah. To cast and wade from shore, do so from Beaver Lake Park, maintained by the city of Sammamish. It has a lot of parking and is accessible from Southeast 24th Street that intersects 228th Avenue Southeast at Discovery Elementary School.

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Salmon Days Festival is packed to the gills

October 9, 2012

Unseasonably warm weather greets visitors for fun, sun

Thousands of visitors to Salmon Days fill Sunset Way on a warm and sunny Saturday to help set an attendance record for the annual two-day festival. By Greg Farrar

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.

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