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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Snoqualmie Tribe becomes Salmon Days Title Spawnsor

September 23, 2014

Earlier this year, the Salmon Days Festival was in need of a new Title Spawnsor. As one of the largest events in the state, we knew it wouldn’t be difficult to attract a large corporation that wanted the exposure, but our ideal partner was a local organization that shared our love and support of salmon.

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Sammy the Salmon seeks Salmon Days festival volunteers

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.

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Art by Heart comes to Salmon Days

September 23, 2014

Art by Heart, a nonprofit organization founded by three ninth-graders at Skyline High School, interacts with children with different abilities while spreading awareness about such conditions to the community.

Art by Heart will bring awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder by partnering with the Autism Society of Washington at the Salmon Days Festival Oct. 4-5.

Join these teens at Art By Heart booth No. 653 in the Field of Fun area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. In addition to learning and spreading awareness about autism, there will be face-painting, drawing, quizzes and a raffle.

Learn more here.

 

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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Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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Discover the mystique of the Salmon Days volunteer shirt

September 2, 2014

Why do people adore and anticipate Salmon Days volunteer shirts so much?

LOGO_RGBThey are typically brightly colored, made from cotton and boast a couple of logos. They’re not softer, better fitting or faster drying than any other shirt in the typical wardrobe. Yet at any event in Issaquah, from Concerts on the Green to Fenders on Front Street, you’ll see a lot of these shirts from years past being proudly worn. What makes them such coveted items?

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Sign up now for the 38th annual Rotary Run with the Fishes

September 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2014

Registration opens today for the Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash for charity.

Kick off Salmon Days with the 5K that begins at 9 a.m., and the Kid’s Dash at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

Register online, by mail at Issaquah Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Issaquah, WA 98027, or at retail locations including Sports Authority, FootZone, Super Jock ‘n Jill, Shoes-n-Feet, The Balanced Athlete, Everyday Athlete, Running Elements and Gold’s Gym.

Registration is $35 through Oct. 4; event day registration is $40. Everyone who registers in advance will receive a commemorative Run with the Fishes T-shirt.

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