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 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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The Fire Inside to perform in Issaquah Highlands

September 17, 2013

The Fire Inside Celtic band brings their energetic, Irish music to a free concert in the Issaquah Highlands at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The Fire Inside has performed regionally for nearly three years, including at 20 festivals, pubs and events this year alone. As a recent feather in its cap, the band will open for the Young Dubliners at the Yachats Celtic Music Festival in November. They will also perform at the west Gilman Boulevard Starbucks and Salmon Days.

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Senior center seeks donations for annual sale

September 10, 2013

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center is seeking donations for its annual White Elephant Sale.

The center’s biggest fund- raiser of the year takes place during the Salmon Days Festival, Oct. 5-6. Donations for the sale will be accepted up to the event, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the senior center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

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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 art for this year’s Salmon Days

June 18, 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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