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OHFISHALWELCOME It’s all ‘thrills & gills’ at the 43rd Salmon Days Festival!




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Start off with the Grande Parade — an Issaquah tradition — at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, including marching bands, fanciful floats and other community icons. Stroll the streets of Front and Sunset Way, in the historic heart of Issaquah, and check out hundreds of arts and EILEEN BARBER FESTIVAL CHAIRWOMAN crafts vendors as well as dozens of hometown Issaquah businesses. Head on over to the Field of Fun for free family activities, including the kids’ inflatables, interactive games, pony rides and the Puget Sound DockDogs … they are sure to provide a thrill for all ages! Camel rides are also available for a slight fee. Mosey on over to the famous downtown Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Washington’s only urban fish hatchery and the heart of the Salmon Days Festival! The hatchery offers an up-close glimpse of the thousands of spawning salmon completing their multiyear, round-trip journey home … a journey starting and ending in Issaquah, but extending throughout the region’s watershed and well into the Pacific Ocean. The dozens of “Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery” (FISH) docents will be happy to answer your questions and share more about the amazing life cycle of these iconic Northwest creatures. Next, catch a favorite band at one of the many festival stages, offering a wide range of music genres sure to suit any taste. And speaking of taste, come hungry — because the festival’s Foods of the World and Go Fish! venues offer an “open range” of festival eats and treats for all of your family’s festival thrill-seekers. The Salmon Days Festival, in addition to providing “thrills & gills” to more than 180,000 attendees, is also a key element of Issaquah’s economic vitality and nonprofit organization support. The festival provides valuable visibility for the Issaquah community and local businesses and directly supports more than 70 local nonprofit, service and charitable organizations. Salmon Days is also one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly festivals, an important value and point of pride for the Issaquah community. A special “tip of the hat” and heartfelt thank you to the more than 500 ohfishal festival volunteers who put in countless hours to make Salmon Days run smoothly and safely. Additionally, thank you to the city of Issaquah, festival and chamber staff and board of directors for producing and supporting our award-winning Salmon Days Festival. Welcome to Issaquah and to the Salmon Days Festival! Enjoy the thrills! Eileen Barber Issaquah Salmon Days Festival chairwoman



Getting to the Salmon Days Festival With parking and gas at a premium, we have many alternatives for the fuel conscious! Shuttle service Our ever-popular Salmon Days shuttle service, ohfishally spawnsored by Swedish/Issaquah, will whisk you to the festival grounds. Use the free parking at the Issaquah Park & Ride, the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride or the Costco corporate parking lot, just south of Pickering Barn. The shuttle will take you to the festival in earth-friendly biodiesel buses and drop you off at one of two locations. The cost to ride the shuttle is $2 per person round trip and free for children 12 and younger. The Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride shuttle will drop off and pick up attendees on the corner of East Sunset Way and

Second Avenue Southeast. The Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride is located between Northeast High Street and Northeast Park Drive. To get there, take Exit 18 off Interstate 90 and head north toward the Highlands. For the shuttle operating from the Costco corporate parking lot, from Interstate 90 take Exit 15 and go north on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Turn on 11th Avenue, take a left at the four-way stop and continue to the lot on the left. The Costco corporate parking lot is near the store and the shuttle is located on 10th Avenue Northwest. The Issaquah Park & Ride Transit Center is on the corner of state Route 900 and Newport Way. Coming from Interstate 90, take Exit 15 and go south to the third set of lights. The facility is on the left. Both the Costco corporate parking lot and the Issaquah Park & Ride shuttle drop attendees off near the corner of Front Street North and Northeast Dogwood Street. Be sure to go back to the same

shuttle stop where you were dropped off to ensure that you are taken back to the correct parking lot. Parking is free at all three lots. All shuttle buses run at approximately 10-15 minute intervals, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. both days. Please note that some routes have to be altered at certain times to accommodate the Grande Parade on Saturday morning. Attendees are required to pay only on the return trip. There are handicapped-accessible buses available. Parking If you choose to drive into town, there are a number of Issaquah service organizations who operate pay parking lots as fundraisers. These parking lots are located around the perimeter of the festival and offer convenient parking at affordable prices. Look for the bright yellow “fish” signs as these indicate ohfishally sanctioned parking lots — all of the proceeds go to Issaquah charities, nonprofit organizations or service groups.



Finding your ‘thrills & gills’ Information booths Want to know what exciting things are happening at Salmon Days? Then be sure to stop by one of the three information booths on the festival grounds. Ohfishally spawnsored by BECU, the information booths are conveniently located at the corner of Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street, Front Street South and East Sunset Way, and on the west end of the Field of Fun located at Veterans’ Memorial Field. Have a question while on the move? Keep an eye out for our roving information experts! Wearing orange vests with a large question mark on the back, these experts will be able to point you in the right direction. Many of our helpful information booth volunteers donate their time and Issaquah expertise year-round at the Visitor Information Center. Our wonderful volunteers have a wealth of knowledge not only

about the festival, but also about the community at-large. Be sure to pick up your Ohfishal Schedule of Events, which contains detailed information including all free activities, each artist’s booth number, a map of the festival, entertainment information and special events. This easy guide will help you plan your day to get the most out of your Salmon Days experience! Remember to visit our website at to download a map to bring with you! First aid There are three first aid stations, all operated by Eastside Fire & Rescue, to make medical attention easy and accessible. Stations are at the following locations: q The festival’s north entrance near the intersection of Front Street North and Northeast Dogwood Street. q The festival’s west entrance on West Sunset Way near Newport Way. q The festival’s east entrance at the fire station on East Sunset Way.

Quiet Room The Quiet Room is located on the west side of the Field of Fun and is managed through a long-standing partnership with Issaquah’s Friends of Youth. The Quiet Room is the ideal place for parents with children needing a break from the hustle and bustle, to feed a young one or change a diaper, and is ohfishally spawnsored by HAPPYFAMILY. Please leave your dogs at home Salmon Days is a great place for fish, friends, family and kids. Thank you for leaving your pets at home! We love fur, fins and feathers, but our bustling environment is not pet friendly nor is it fun for your beloved pets. Thank you, on behalf of the city of Issaquah, the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival team!



A festival filled with ‘thrills & gills’ This year’s “thrills & gills” theme and design highlight the history and tradition of family and community-building fun that Salmon Days has been known and recognized for more than the past 43 years. Before there was Salmon Days, Issaquah hosted a rodeo and what could be a more thrilling ride than that? Blending the rodeo cowboy with the salmon is the brainchild of graphic designer Robin Dale Spicer. The response has been enthusiastic; festival staff members love the movement, action and quirkiness of the cowboy riding the salmon. It fits — it’s

fishy and fun! Salmon Days began years ago as a wondrous celebration of the returning salmon. With the trees displaying their vibrant fall colors, the city of Issaquah is decorated for this momentous occasion. Strategic partnerships allow us to limit our carbon emissions ensuring that Salmon Days minimally affects the environment. We focus on implementing the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy — using biodiesel fuel in shuttle buses and generators, and working with our community to sort their waste into compostable and recyclable refuse, which in turn lessens the debris being taken to the landfill from the event. The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival has received numerous awards in the past 21 years for its environmentally family-friendly programs. We have won the prestigious International Festival & Events Association’s Pinnacle Awards, the Washington Festival & Events Association’s Summit Awards and the Washington State Recyclers Association’s Best Event for 2010 for our green efforts. Local schoolchildren eagerly await the return of the salmon each year as the life-

cycle of the salmon is built into classroom curricula, and field trips to the stream and hatchery. A highlight for many of these young students is the quest to find their brightly colored and painted salmon displayed around the festival. These creative works of art showcase the talent of our festival’s youngest participants.

Salmon Days embodies the heart and soul of our Issaquah community. The festival celebrates and embraces one of nature’s most amazing creatures, the salmon. Providing free entertainment and activities for all ages, our festival remains committed to our history and to future generations of festival-goers.



Thrilled to the gills with the new Greenbelt Gallery! This re-energized gardenlike area by City Hall South on Rainier Boulevard and First Avenue Southeast has been packed with fresh and stimulating booths, displays and a stage for your entertainment. So sashay on over for a sampling, shopping and swinging good time! Silks, soda samples, sister cities, sweet alpacas, sausages, silver, spawnsors, soaps, steel, students, sleek greyhounds, sweaters and a swinging stage are just some of the stunning art work, service groups, succulent food and swinging sounds to be found in the Greenbelt Gallery. Visit the bright truck of Naked Juice for a sample. Get your geek on at the Issaquah Robotics Society booth and drive a robot. Animal lovers can admire the alpacas and greyhounds. Check out the lineup of great bands at the Rainier Blvd. Stage, our main stage. Satisfy your hunger at Fleischkuechle, Fairy Floss Cotton Candy, the Chase Honey Co., Jerky Hut or Brevin’s Solid Gold Fudge. Shop, talk to artists, be amazed and admire our wonderfully creative artisans at the following booths: Art Of Stone — Home and garden Two Obsessed Jewelry — Jewelry Artisan Collection — Jewelry This Fine Day — Wood Wildcat Cove Gallery — Paintings or drawings q Pederson’s Garden Poundings — Other q Marilynn Host — Other q Magna Memos — Home and garden q Artisansoul — Paintings or drawings q The Mane Event —Wearables (adult) q Dragonfly Rocks — Home and garden q Resolution Photography LLC — Photography q The Seattle Soap Shop — Bath, body and candles q Crazy Diamond Mosaics by Gretchen Fuller — Other q Twentytwo Treasures — Wearables (adult) q Watch Me — Jewelry q Courtyard Art — Metal/metal products q Woven Chains Jewelry — Jewelry

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q Ian Beyer Metals — Metal/metal products q Twisted Poppy Designs — Other q Bayview Welding and Art — Metal metal products q Primitive Americana — Paintings or drawings q Spilt Milk Handicrafts — Children’s items/clothing

q SunDog Sculpture — Metal/metal products q Brian Brenno Blown Glass — Glass q Light Capture Photography — Photography q Jamison Art Studio — Paintings or drawings q Pena Designs — Metal/metal products q Anne Anderson — Jewelry and paintings



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q Moss Studio — Home and garden q Dayne Studios — Glass q Georgie Pet Prints — Paintings or drawings q Jordan’s Pet Gifts — Other q Art You’ll Love — Wood q Steel Coyote — Metal/metal products q Forest Green Enterprises — Home and garden Special visitors from our sister city — Chefchaouen, Kingdom of Morocco Issaquah is honored to host six visitors from our sister city, Chefchaouen. Artists and community leaders have traveled halfway across the globe to share in this cultural exchange. They have toured our city, learned about our community and visited our schools, comparing and demonstrating goodwill between the two countries and cultures. Be sure to visit them on Rainier Boulevard and show them a hearty Issaquah welcome.

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Thrill your culinary senses with festival fare Everyone has his or her favorite festival food and there is no better place to grab a tasty meal than at the more than 60 food booths at Salmon Days. You can enjoy roasted corn on the cob, baked salmon, barbecued beef, gyros, tacos, crepes and Thai noodles, to name a few. Most of our vendors have vegetarian options, too. Are you hungry yet? At the Foods of the World Food Court a sampling of our mouthwatering fare includes gourmet food from last year’s Festival Food Award winner, 2 Chefs Gourmet Falafel and Gyros. Or try the 2011 Best Entrée Award winner, The Whim of the “Chefs” for Dungeness crab and shrimp gumbo. Did someone say salmon? Get your fill of fresh salmon at the Kiwanis Club Salmon BBQ in Gibson Park. Scotty’s Northwest is also serving a blackened salmon over a Caesar salad, and Ballard Brothers Seafood is offering a Cajun Blackened Wild Salmon Fillet Sandwich. Delicious! Remember to save room for your favorite festival treats, ice cream, cotton candy, elephant ears, shaved ice and more! In addition to more than 60 food booths scattered throughout the festival, there are two food courts with an assortment of selections!

Foods of the World Food Court Located next to the historic train depot q 2 Chefs Gourmet Falafel & Gyros — authentic Middle Eastern, gourmet falafels, gyros, hummus, salads q Aussie Onion Burst — Onion Burst, lemonades, iced tea soda and water q B & M Italian Concessions — New York Style Italian q Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers — Cajun blackened wild salmon fillet sandwiches and gourmet hamburgers, Aegean salads, french fries q Bambuza Vietnam Bistro — Vietnamese/Asian: teriyaki chicken skewers, vegetarian soba noodles, fried rice

with vegetables, vegetarian spring rolls, pomegranate lemonade q Big Bear’s Native Tacos — Native American food: Indian taco, longhouse sliders, shortcake, frybread, fresh lemonade (huckleberry or wild mountain blackberry) q Biringer Farm — shortcake, scone, brownie, berry cooler q Blue Elephant — American Greek fusion; lamb sliders, spicy calamari, arugula salad with pomegranate dressing,

spicy fries q Crab Cakes — crab cakes and seafood specialties q Crepealicious — French meal and dessert crepes q Fiesta Time Foods — breaded tenderloin sandwich, chicken nuggets, king corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, curly fries q Kaleenka Piroshky — Russian; beef and cheese, smoked salmon, vegetable, potatoes and sausage, potatoes and apple piroshkies


q Kenyan Kitchen — East African (Kenyan food) q Kolossus Gyros — Greek food q Maui Wowi — Hawaiian coffees and smoothies q Mondo Pizza q My Chef Lynn — American barbecue,


soups, salads and sliders q Panda Catering q Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwiches — Philly sandwiches; steak, chicken, Polish; crab/ shrimp chowder, fresh-squeezed lemonade q Pho Cyclo Cafe — Vietnamese comfort food: sweet and spicy grilled salmon

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skewers q Ray’s Food #3 — Asian food: teriyaki chicken combo, veggie combo, fried rice and yakisoba noodles $5 q Scotty’s Northwest — Northwest cuisine; blackened salmon caesar salad, Northwest Seafood Chowder, bay shrimp caesar salad q Seoul Short Ribs q Smokey’s BBQ Grill — hickorysmoked barbecue with a Northwest flair q Taco Grande — Mexican q The Frankfurter — old-fashioned frankfurter, Polish kielbasa q The Whim of the “Chef’s” — Cajun American: Dungeness crab and shrimp gumbo, shrimp po’ boys, catfish and hushpuppies, fresh grilled salmon “croquettes” w/fresh sweet potato fries q Truly Mediterranean — Mexican seafood: halibut fish taco, garlic fries q Zieglers Bratwurst Haus — German

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tasty beef and pulled-pork sandwiches, soda, coffee q Olde Tyme Kettle Korn — kettle korn, sugar-glazed and caramel-flavored, cinnamon roasted q Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza — Italian wood fired pizza made fresh to order. All are 9-inch personal-sized pizzas. Cook in 60 seconds in our 900-degree oven. Dough rolled on site, handmade sauce. Salmon Days special: Specially created for the festival: Salmon Locks Pizza q Ray’s Food #1 — American classic fair delicacy: elephant ears, corn dogs q Washington’s Own Apple Dumpling Gang — fresh-baked apple or Yakima peach dumplings á la mode

Field of Fun snacks

Located at Veterans’ Memorial Park q Ben & Jerry’s — waffle cone with two scoops of ice cream q Irishman Enterprises — fair favorites: corn dogs of the world, Philly cheesesteaks, kielbasa sausages, Italian sausages, funnel cakes, old-fashioned lemonade and more

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Bars — Boehm’s hand dipped ice cream bar, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, caramel apples q Bump & Run — espresso and coffee and Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cakes q Little C’s Funnel Cakes q Burton’s At Your A’Fair — roasted


corn on the cob, smoked salmon, water, pop, raspberry-lemonade q Chilly Billy’s Polar Ice — shaved ice q Chipstix — Chipstix. New this year, Waff-Stix! First in Washington with this amazing food item. A waffle on a stick topped with chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, or strawberries and whipped cream. 2011 Best Snack Award Winner! q Cow Chip Cookies — chocolate chip cookies


q Fairy Floss Cotton Candy — fresh cotton candy on the cone, in mini bags for toddlers and jumbo-sized bags for larger families q Issaquah Brewhouse q Kernal’s Original Kettle Korn — Snack food, kettle korn q Maui Wowi — Hawaiian coffees and smoothies q Pike Place Nuts q Ray’s Food — elephant ears, hand-

dipped corn dogs q Seattle Fudge — American dessert q Shishkaberry’s — milk, dark and white chocolate dipped fruit (strawberries, bananas and pineapple) on a skewer q Sugee’s Giant Strawberry Shortcake — giant strawberry and blueberry shortcake with real whipped cream and NW berries q The Ice Cream Lady — American ice cream q Top Chef Concessions — American q You Found Us! Concessions — ice cream cones, Boehm’s dip bar, frozen banana dipped in chocolate, caramel apples, root beer float q Yum-e Yogurt — self-serve frozen yogurt and espresso

Off-site food stops q Kiwanis Club of Issaquah — BBQ salmon dinner at Gibson Park q Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843 — Grab a pancake breakfast or come by in the afternoon for some fish and chips (Rainier Boulevard North).



Thrilling activities for children of all ages! Mosey on over with your young ‘uns to play on the free and fabulous Field of Fun. Full of exciting activities, the Field of Fun is located on Veterans’ Memorial Field behind the Issaquah Police Department/City Hall and next to the Foods of the World. Geared to families and our youngest festivalgoers, the Field of Fun has safe, fun, free and fishy activities for all ages: q Human Hamster Balls — Climb inside these giant inflatable balls and see what if feels like to be a hamster. Enjoy a roll around the Field of Fun! These are ohfishally spawnsored by Banic Chiropractic Center. (Visit Banic at booth 130 on East Sunset Way for a free chair massage!) q Fish Prints — Join us on the steps

of the Issaquah Police Department for a Salmon Days tradition! Ohfishally spawnsored by Seattle Children’s, booth

145, fish prints will have you up to your elbows in brightly colored paint and fish — rubber fish that is! The final product is


a unique imprinted piece of art that you can take home as a festival souvenir. q Toy Workshop — Join Rick Hartman to learn how to turn everyday household items into fun folk toys! Travel through the stations to saw, hammer, glue, color and decorate your very own toy that can be taken home and enjoyed! This activity is free thanks to Bank of America, the ohfishal spawnsor. q Giant Slide — Get a bird’s-eye view from the colorful top of this 27-foot high inflatable Cliffhanger Slide, an extremely exciting activity brought to you by Whole Health Chiropractic found in booth 322. q Mini Train Rides — All aboard for a wild ride! Hop on the mini trains and enjoy the ride, ohfishally spawnsored by Port Blakely Communities. Toot, toot!


q Trampolines — Get some airtime; jump on and enjoy the world’s safest trampolines, ohfishally spawnsored by Springfree Trampolines. q DockDogs — Take a walk on the wild side, stand in the splash zone and you’ll see and feel the high-flying athleticism and energy of the exiting DockDogs water jump. Salmon Days brings you the thrill and excitement of something fun and free for the whole family. Watch as dogs of all shapes and sizes daringly dash down the dock to dive into a tremendous tank of water, creating a tidal wave of fun for all. Dogs compete in the big air (long jump), extreme vertical (high jump) and the speed retrieve (fastest dog to the end of the pool wins the race)! The big splashes are ohfishally spawnsored by Alpine Animal Hospital (booth 607), Cascade Water Alliance and Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. q Giant Chess Games — Play on two giant chess sets as well as several

regulation tournament sets. Learn how to play chess from experienced coaches or, for more advanced players, get some coaching tips on your game. Free assessments for those interested in coming to their class programs at Chess4Life, ohfishal spawnsor. q The Quiet Room is the place to calm your little buckaroos and provide a respite to get those little ones cleaned, changed, fed and ready to enjoy the fun again. This peaceful oasis is supported and serviced by longtime partners Friends of Youth and is ohfishally spawnsored by HAPPYFAMILY. Other pay activities located in the park include pony and camel rides. The 2012 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and is ohfishally spawnsored by Virginia Mason Medical Center. Learn more about the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival at, or email



Hatchery celebrates 75th anniversary By David Hayes The Salmon Days Festival draws an average of 180,000 visitors to the streets of Issaquah. However, over the course of the fall season, between 9,000 and 10,000 students alone journey from all over the Puget Sound region to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to learn more about the star of the show. Celebrating its 75th year in operation, the hatchery has evolved to include more learning opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. Bringing that history lesson to the masses via Power Point is Jane Kuechle, hatchery executive director. The hatchery site actually was once part of the aptly named City Park, connected to downtown Issaquah via a wooden bridge over Issaquah Creek. The park, with its bandstand and speaking



platform, played host to holiday celebrations and many a family picnic along the creek. However, due to the impact of Issaquah’s two biggest turn-of-the-century industries — logging and coal mining — the natural spawning route along Issaquah Creek was nearly wiped out. To revitalize the salmon population and their natural habitat run from Lake Sammamish to the Pacific Ocean and back, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was constructed in 1936 as a federal Works Progress Administration venture. “The first salmon were trapped in the Green River and were brought here,” Kuechle said. Efforts expanded over the years to increase spawning efforts, from tripling the size of traps in 1949 to building a feed shop building in 1952-53. “In the 1980s, there were 18 circular ponds for the salmon to swing around in circles,” Kuechle said. “Now, the ponds have water flowing in one direction to better simulate conditions for salmon swimming upstream.”

Did you know? q The oldest verified fossil for a freshwater version of the salmon is 50 million years old. Five to six million years ago salmon had fangs, weighed 500 pounds, and were 10-feet long. The modern anadromous Pacific salmon emerged about two million years ago in the cold mountain streams of the Pacific Northwest. q Only 2 percent to 10 percent of the eggs deposited in a gravel nest will survive to return to the spawning grounds as adults. q Salmon do not have ears. Instead they hear low frequency sound waves which vibrate through the water to a row of sensory pores, called lateral lines, on the sides of the salmon. Scientists believe lateral lines also may help salmon navigate in the ocean. q Salmon in their saltwater phase travel an estimated 18 miles a day, but they are capable of maintaining an average of 34 miles per day over long dis-

tances. Salmon often travel much more slowly to feed. q Salmon have an extremely keen sense of smell. Studies indicate that salmon can smell one part per million which translates to one drop in 250 gallons, hundreds of times more acute than that of dogs. q Young salmon moving to sea travel at night to avoid predators. They also drift backwards facing upstream which may allow them to continue feeding and also may provide better control in the downstream current. q Salmon need cold, clean, well oxygenated water. Even salmon raised in hatcheries spend some portion of their lives in a river or stream. Without healthy watersheds, salmon cannot survive. Source: Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery website www.issaquahfish. org/education-programs/learn-aboutsalmon.



During state budget cuts in the early 1990s, the hatchery was marked for elimination. But thanks to the efforts of the city, the Snoqualmie Tribe and a group of volunteers that would grow into what is now the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah retained the most visited hatchery in the state. The selling point, Kuechle said, was the educational opportunities. For example, visitors to the hatchery grounds are greeted by one of Issaquah’s most famous couples — Gilda and Finley, the hatchery’s two coho salmon statues. Created by artist Tom Jay, many are surprised to learn these 8-foot bronze sculptures are actually based on fossils of salmon from the Ice Age. More than 5 million years ago, similar saber-toothed salmon swam in the Pacific Northwest waters, measuring up to 10 feet long and weighing up to 500 pounds. Look closely, and a visitor can see Gilda and Finley rest atop a recreated salmon spawning habitat of gravel, boulders, logs and native plants. Zero your attention

in even more closely to discover the rocks contain replicas of salmonid fossils and petroglyphs that are approximations of coast Salish rock art dating back nearly 3,000 years. The sculptures were installed in 1996 and 1998, and funded by grants from the city of Issaquah Arts Commission and FISH. In the early 2000s, the hatchery underwent a $6.65 million renovation to include a new Watershed Science Center. And in recent years, interactive stations have been installed to further help explain the lifecycle of the salmon while providing a fun learning experience. Just last year, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery joined efforts to help save the Lake Sammamish kokanee population. In the program, Kuechle said the endangered fish are collected from three main creeks that offshoot from Lake Sammamish and are brought to spawn at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Then, hatchery employees and FISH members spawn the fish and tend to the eggs until tiny fry can be released into local

creeks. The kokanee spawning program includes limited funding from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, King County and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. What has Kuechle most excited about the future of the hatchery and salmon is that the state recently allocated $4 million to update the fish ladder technology upstream from the hatchery along Issaquah Creek. Plans are to implement the designs next year. Of all that Kuechle had to learn to present the history and lifecycle of the salmon, she said she is most amazed by how beneficial salmon are to the watershed. “When bears and the like take the fish to their habitat, nutrients from the salmon are found way beyond the stream spread back through the watershed,” Kuechle said. Keep track of the goings-on at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery throughout the year by following Kuechle on her blog at

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Artists capture essence of Salmon Days Thrill to your own unique, must-have discovery from our Salmon Days artists! Stop and chat with your favorite artist at Salmon Days — find out his or her story! Each year, Salmon Days has

The 2011 Festival Award for Best Fish Theme winner: Dean Crouser Fine Art Dean Crouser was born and raised in Oregon, and his love of fishing, camping and the outdoors can be found in the expressions of his art. His childhood summers were spent camping and fishing in the foothills of Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon High Lakes. When it comes to painting, he tries to keep his work loose and simple. “I am always striving to say the most with the least, and I like to keep my work fast and spontaneous. My goal is to capture the beauty and simplicity of a scene that anyone can relate to.” Visit Dean at booth 491 on Front Street North to enjoy his bright and vibrant work featuring fish, birds, wildlife and watercolor paintings. You will find trout, steelhead, salmon and more. If you are a bird lover check out his selection of hummingbirds, chickadees, owls and other feathered friends. For the fishing enthusiast or sporting art collector, don’t miss the beautiful watercolor paintings featuring fly-fishing scenes, wildlife and more.

hundreds of artists who exhibit and sell their handcrafted items. Some are new, while others have been participating in the festival for many years. All of them love to tell you about their inspiration

and creations. Here are just a few of the great local and Northwestern artists at Salmon Days this year. We think you will be as excited by their work as we are. Enjoy!

2012 Salmon Days Featured Artist — Sue Coccia, Earth Art “Animal Spirits” are inspired drawings in pen and ink. The drawings depict animal images, or totems, from around the world. Animal totems represent a deep spirituality, and by beginning to understand animals’ qualities and traits, we can learn from them. These intricate pen and ink drawings on watercolor paper are meticulously hand-painted with acrylic paints. Viewer tip: Look for the ladybug in every image; she represents good luck, happiness and prosperity! Sue’s grandmother’s grandmother was Native American, and that tiny bit of heritage has had a large influence on her art. Indigenous art and its relationship with the animal worlds have also influenced Sue’s unique style. A deep love of all animals was instilled at a very young age and Sue has dedicated her life’s work to them. She has a formal art training background; however, she was truly inspired by her high school art teacher, d’Elaine Johnson, an internationally recognized artist. She enjoys her family, meditation and the artistic process. She is also an avid gardener, has a black belt in TaekwonDo and is from Edmonds. Visit Sue at booth 441 on Front Street North.

The 2011 Festival Judge’s Choice Award winner: DeGraaf Fine Art Bart DeGraaf has been painting his whole life. Born in Chicago, he fell in love with art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He pursued his passion and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999 from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. He currently lives in Sandy, Ore., with his wife Heidi and son Jon. He often dreams of new paintings and never seems to run out ideas. He loves to come up with original, creative images that tell a story, reflect a personal experience or just make you laugh. His goal is to bring a smile to the viewer and bring some happiness to the world. Be sure to visit Bart on Front Street North at booth 37.



Doug Mader Courtyard Art and Designs Courtyard Art has a great selection of high quality, affordable metal art for home and garden. For more than 20 years, Doug has been designing metal art to enhance and inspire the spaces we live and relax in. His unique original designs are inspired and produced in Oregon wine country and are finished to be enjoyed inside or outside. He can be found in the Greenbelt Gallery at booth 184 on First Avenue Southeast.

Sue Falk and Teresa Leupold Two Obsessed Jewelry They’re two good friends who are obsessed with jewelry design — like kids in a candy shop while shopping for gems and pearls! They hand-select all of their precious and semi-precious stones, sterling silver and 14K gold-filled metals to create quality, interesting designs that you’ll feel great wearing. They will do custom orders and have enjoyed designing individual pieces as well as bridal party jewelry for customers. Discover them in the Greenbelt Gallery at booth 160 on Rainier Boulevard South.

Jeff and Tracy Thomson Twentytwo Treasures Jeff and Tracy have run their own interior design business for many years. They both love to collect fabrics and trims both vintage and new, and to sew! They are known for their custom, one-of-a-kind pillows. They have perfected a knack for how to use just the right combinations of color and pattern to create pillows that are works of art, as well as branching out with a line of clothing made from upcycled sweaters. You can find something to take with you or place a custom order at booth 182 in the Greenbelt Gallery.



Celebrating 43 years of thrills! q In 1970, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented the first Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. q The event grew out of the desire to replace the once popular Labor Day celebration, as well as a need to celebrate one of Issaquah’s greatest treasures — the annual return of the salmon. q In the beginning, festival attractions included the Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, salmon hatchery displays, an art show, children’s parade led by the late J.P. Patches, Little League football games at Veterans’ Memorial Field, fire crew competitions and more. q In 1980, the Salmon Days Festival and Grande Parade underwent two

major changes that have been credited with altering the course of the festival: Salmon Days became a Seafair-sanctioned event and a festival float was created again. q To aid in the growth process, merchandise was introduced, the first paid festival director was hired and large ohfishal spawnsors came onboard in the ’80s. q In 1990, the festival introduced the Salmon Days Limited Edition Print, a signed and numbered run of 450 prints featuring original artwork. The festival retired the collection at the end of 2003 and the majority of the past prints have sold out. Today, Salmon Days is still presented

by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce with the goal of providing a community celebration focused on honoring the miraculous return of the salmon. The Kiwanis are still barbecuing salmon, now almost two tons each year. The Grande Parade features more than 100 entries annually. Veterans’ Memorial Field is transformed into the Field of Fun and hosts free games and activities for families to enjoy. What began as an art show has manifested itself into a marketplace of more than 270 on-site artists selling their handcrafted pieces to an audience of more than 180,000. Come join us and make your own festival tradition!

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2012 Olympic silver medalist joins parade The 43rd anniversary celebration kicks off with the traditional Issaquah Salmon Days Grande Parade. The parade lassoed nearly 90 entries, including wild and wonderful floats from around the Northwest — mascots and marching bands, cheerleaders and cowboys. Follow the procession from Front Street North at Northwest Dogwood Street, to Gilman Boulevard onto 12th Avenue to the parade’s end. The Grande Parade is ohfishally spawnsored by Lakeside Industries. The 2012 Grand Marshal celebrates our own local sports star, Issaquah High School graduate Jennie Reed. Jennie recently participated in her third Olympics and brought home a silver medal for her efforts in team pursuit cycling. Parade VIPs include Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger; delegates from our Sister City, Chefchaouen, Morocco; Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers; Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich; Citizen of the Year Renee Zimmerman; and State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Women’s Team Pursuit teammates (from left) Lauren Tamayo, Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Sarah Hammer pose for a fellow Olympic athlete with Reed’s camera during closing ceremonies at Olympic Stadium. Watch for Captain Coho Michele Forkner, president of the Issaquah Salmbassadors — the festival’s volunteer organization; Sammy the Salmon; and the many

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ster and Olympia, just to name a few! Be part of the roundup, and whoop and holler for your neighbors and friends as they display their pride and talents! 1 — First Corps Command Honor Guard 2 — First Corps Army Band 3 — Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3436 3A — Grand Marshal Jennie Reed, Olympic silver medalist 4 — Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and husband Bill 5 — Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers and wife Rosie 5A — Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Lee Soptich 6 — Sister City Delegation: City Councilmen Mustapha Ajjab and Mohamed Ramli, American Moroccan International Exchange Founder Iman Belali 8 — 2012 King and Queen Issaquah: Darrin Helfrecht and Robyn Barfoot 9 — Issaquah Citizen of the Year: Renee Zimmerman 10 — Sammy the Salmon 11 — Captain Coho — Michele Forkner 12 — Attorney General Rob McKenna 13 — King County Councilman Reagan Dunn

14 — State Representative Marcie Maxwell 15 — Seattle Sea Gals and Helmet Buggy 16 — Skyline High School dance team 17 — Skyline High School cheer squad 18 — Marysville Strawberry Festival Float 19 — YMCA Adventure Guides 20 — Tillicum Middle School Marching Band

21 — Party @ Display & Costume 22 — Kau Lio Pa’u Riders (colors of Hawaii) 23 — Tulalip Resort Casino Float 24 — Girl Scouts of Issaquah: Service Units 444 and 440 25 — Movin 92.5 Party Ride 26 — West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival Float


27 — Friends of The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 28 — Potato Queens of Idaho 29 — Virginia Mason Medical Center: Team Issaquah 30 — Chief Sealth High School marching and 31 — Sequim Irrigation Festival float 32 — Ronald McDonald 33 — Cub Scout Pack 200 / Boy Scout Troop 200 34 — Spokane Lilac Festival Float 35 — Issaquah Press Mascot, Inky Dinky 36 — Eastside Firefighters Pipes and Drums 37 — Issaquah High School Robotics Team 38 — Issaquah High School cheerstaff 39 — Issaquah High School dance team 40 — Issaquah High School football team 41 — Issaquah High School marching band 42 — Snoqualmie Casino hydroplane 43 — Washington State Apple Blossom Festival float 44 — Silver Streak Stables stage coach 45 — Cub Scout Pack 682 46 — Tacoma Daffodil Festival float 47 — Liberty High School cheerstaff 48 — Liberty High School marching band 49 — Universal Energy Martial Arts 50 — Portland Royal Rosarians float 51 — AM 880 KIXI 52 — Issaquah Dance Theatre: Axis Performance Group 53 — Sammamish High School cheerleaders 54 — Sammamish High School marching band 55 — Karate West 56 — New Westminster Hyack Festival float


57 — Eastside Precision drill team 58 — Riverdog Canine Coaching 58A — Cub Scout Pack 680 59 — Gymnastics East Gymnasts 60 — Highland High School Scottie marching band 61 — Olympia Capital Lakefair float 62 — Little Gym of Issaquah 63 — Blue Dog Dance Tap Troupe 64 — Seattle Seafair Commodores float 65 — Sunnybrook Montessori 66 — Emerald City Dance 67 — Northside Drill Team & Drum Squad 68 — The Grange Supply 69 — Selah Community Days Royalty float 70 — Cub Scout Pack 571 71 — PC Fixx 72 — Interlake The Marching Band 73 — Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family float 74 — Issaquah Ski & Snowboard School 75 — Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club

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Issaquah wear and Salmon Days gear The 2012 Issaquah and Salmon Days apparel line is fresh and exciting! Featuring the “thrills & gills” theme, these quality pieces are sure to reel you in with their coziness, comfort and style. This year we have men’s and women’s shirt sizes from small to 3X. You can purchase any Salmon Days apparel at our two festival retail booths.

Our 2012 Artist T-shirt features artwork by the talented artist Sue Coccia. The vibrant colors of the Native American salmon artwork is showcased beautifully on our black long-sleeved T-shirt, available in both women’s and men’s styles. Women’s S-2XL and men’s S-3XL are both 100 percent cotton — $25.

Short-sleeved T-shirts Men’s and women’s charcoal tri blend T-shirts are what the cowboys and cowgirls will be wearing as the ohfishal 2012 short-sleeved Salmon Days T-shirts. The women’s T-shirt comes with our “thrills & gills” logo and colorful streamers surrounding our cowboy. The men’s T-shirt has our cowboy riding a bucking salmon with our “thrills & gills” logo accented in handsome Texas orange. The women’s shirt is a cotton/poly/rayon blend and the men’s shirt is a 50/50 cotton/poly blend, both by Gear — $20.

Men’s handsome ¼-zip sweatshirts Our ¼-zip burgundy sweatshirts by Gear are sure to keep you comfy with their soft rich suede fabric interiors. Whether you are on the golf course or strolling through town you will look sharp. Our sweatshirt showcases our Issaquah name with a beautifully embroidered salmon. Available in M-2XL with 60/40 cotton/poly blend — $45.

Long-sleeved T-shirts The women’s Nile blue long-sleeved T-shirt has a fitted design and length that women love. It features a fun Gills Rock cowboy riding our popular salmon with colorful streamers flying out. It’s 100 percent cotton, by Gear. Sizes are S-XL — $25.

Full zip jackets Need a little more warmth for a chilly autumn evening? The 2012 black soft shell Landway jacket is perfect for the great Northwest weather. This stylish jacket features their three-layer bond technology which marries the polyester shell with a film membrane over a warm micro-fleece interior, making it water resistant and breathable. The jacket comes with our Northwest favorites embroidered on the front: Mount Rainier, a handsome salmon and our Issaquah name on the front left side. Sizes are S-2XL — $48.

Full zip hoodies Celebrate autumn with the most popular color of 2012: orange! This orange hoodie has Issaquah, Washington, screenprinted across the chest with our symbolic orange salmon above it. Show your Issaquah pride by wearing our new 2012 hoodie! With a generous torso and sleeve length in a 60/40 cotton/poly blend and a soft fleece interior. Sizes are S-2XL — $40. The winter white Issaquah hoodie is for the folks who want to be warm this winter. This popular Issaquah design is perfect for a trip to the store or a night out with friends. You will notice that our beloved salmon is represented in the Issaquah brand, too! It is a 60/40 cotton/poly blend and has a soft fleece interior. Sizes are S-2XL — $40. This big cotton full-zip navy blue hoodie is perfect for the Northwest weather. It comes with an Issaquah crest across the front with Washington and Salmon Days proudly displayed as well. This is the perfect gift for the collegebound student or as a gift for a loved one. It



has an 80/20 cotton/poly blend. Sizes are S-2XL — $45.

with our signature “thrills & gills” logo on a Texas orange hat. These baseball hats will look good on all the buck-a-roos! We also have an array of baseball hats in our popular black, purple and khaki colors that declare your Issaquah spirit. All of our hats have beautiful embroidery on the front and back. Come check out the 2012 hats to see what awaits you — $20.

Collectible pins “Thrills & gills” are riding across our 2012 collectible pins. Choose your favorite from the two colors: bronze or blue. Add to your growing collection of Salmon Days collectible pins — $3. Hats No stream was left untraveled as we pulled out all the stops in the design of our 2012 hat. We designed a hat for all our cowboys

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Tributes to the ’70s, ’80s and beyond! Saturday, Oct. 6 11 a.m.

Jimbo Jam Issaquah’s own classic rock band

12:30 p.m. Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players Rhythm and blues, funk and Motown

Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players

2 p.m.

Hairstorm ’80s Tribute

3:30 p.m.

Charlie and the Tunas One-time reunion of legendary NW classic rock band

5 p.m.

Main Street Bob Seger tribute band

2112 Rush tribute band

Sunday, Oct. 7 12:30 p.m. Creme Tangerine Beatles Music Experience 2 p.m.

The Nines Seattle’s favorite party band

3:30 p.m.

2112 Rush tribute band

5 p.m.

Kalimba Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire


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Charlie and the Tunas


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Essential rock, blues and country Saturday, Oct. 6 11 a.m.

Three Trick Pony rock and classic rock

12:30 p.m. Stacy Jones Band blues, rock, roots 2 p.m.

Alice Stuart and The Formerlys roots, blues

3:30 p.m.

T-town Aces rhythm and blues

5 p.m.

The Wired! Band blues

Stacy Jones Band

Three Trick Pony

Saturday, Oct. 6 11 a.m.

Tweety and the Tom-Cats classic rock

12:30 p.m. Dennis Chester Jones Band blues, rock, classic rock 2-3 p.m.

The Chris Eger Band blues, classic rock

3:30 p.m.

The Randy Oxford Band soul, funk and blues

5 p.m.

Latigo Lace country

The Randy Oxford Band

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Alice Stuart and the Formerlys

Dennis Chester Jones Band



Salmon swing and bluegrass is king! Saturday, Oct. 6 11:45 a.m. ThorNton Creek Eclectic front porch swing 1 p.m.

The Voetberg Family Band National Fiddle Champion siblings

2:15 p.m.

Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce Foot stompin’ “groove grass” fun

3:30 p.m.

Northern Departure Traditional bluegrass with a modern twist

4:45 p.m.

The Harmed Brothers Gifted songwriting, high energy

Million Dollar Nile

Northern Departure

Sunday, Oct. 7 ThorNton Creek 11 a.m.

Million Dollar Nile Seattle’s greenest bluegrass band


The Cascade Cut Ups Our local, lively pickers ’n grinners

1 p.m.

Runaway Train Traditional, driving bluegrass sounds

2:15 p.m.

Spoonshine Fast pickin’ hard-roots Americana

3:30 p.m.

Rats In The Grass Local punk rockers get “all bluegrass” on us

4:45 p.m.

Runaway Train Spoonshine

Henhouse Prowlers Heavenly harmonies atop furious pickin’

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Salmon swing and bluegrass is king! Saturday, Oct. 6 11 a.m.

Seattle Ukulele Players jazz, swing and show tunes


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Seattle Ukulele Players jazz, swing and show tunes

2 p.m.

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3 p.m.

Geoffrey Castle electric violinist

4 p.m.

Lanford Black energetic favorites

5 p.m.

Issaquah High School celebrating local talent

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Eclectic Cloggers

11 a.m.

Eclectic Cloggers High-energy Appalachian clog dance

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Big Star Studios Performance Team Musical theater numbers Children 6-14 years old

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Ed Hartman Marimba warm-weather tunes

2 p.m.

The Cascade Cut Ups Lively tunes from our local pickers n’ grinners

3 p.m.

Violet Oroboros Acoustic covers, beautiful vocals, masterful guitar, celebrating local talent

4 p.m.

Heel Klickin Cloggers Appalachian clogging

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Ohfishal festival committee and volunteers Part of the magic of Salmon Days is our wonderful network of volunteers. In fact, until the early ’80s the event was entirely run by volunteers, at which point a full-time festival director was brought on board as staff. Salmon Days still depends on its amazing volunteers to help produce the event. The Salmon Days Festival Committee is the core group of volunteers who head up various committees. This group of 21 people chair and manage various parts of the festival. They meet beginning in June and continue through Salmon Days assisting the Festivals Office with preparation and production. This year’s committee includes the following: q Eileen Barber Festival Committee chairwoman q Andy Swayne Chamber board liaison q Tom Needham/Craig Hooper Eastside Fire & Rescue q David Harris Entertainment q Camie Callahan/Ellen Martin Field of Fun

39 q Alan Finkelstein Food Court manager q Oscar Kelley Grande Parade q Rob Gilde Hatchery Zone & Stage q Max Maxwell Headquarters q Mike Winkler Information booths q Kristi Tripple Nonprofit booth manager q Sgt. Chris Wilson/Cmdr. Stan Conrad Police liaisons q Pam Stevens Retail q Michele Forkner Salmbassadors q Cecilia Gambill Volunteers q Joyce Adams Volunteer party coordinator q David Bahm/Mike Raab XStream Team Volunteers are at the heart of the festival and their contribution is what makes our festival a huge success year after year. Salmon Days is honored to partner with more than 500 members of the community each year that come to lend a hand. Spawnsored by Virginia Mason Medical Center, these trusty people are often referred to as “Ohfishals.” This year you’ll find them hustling around Salmon Days in colorful blue-and-orange T-shirts helping with just about everything! The Issaquah Salmon Days XStream Team is a volunteer team dedicated to the production elements of the Salmon Days Festival. Team members must be one part construction worker, one part ninja, one part pack mule, one part troubleshooter and one part MacGyver. If something at the festival needs to be built, repaired, lifted, moved, cleaned, toted, tweaked, put up, taken down, applied, removed, connected, disconnected, needs water, needs water diverted away — they’re the team that will respond. The annual Salmon Days Volunteer Sign-Up Party was held Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn and catered by our spawnsor partner Timber Ridge at Talus.



Meet the thrilling Salmon Days Festival staff! Welcome to Salmon Days! In honor of this year’s “thrills & gills” cowboy theme, recalling the initial Issaquah Rodeo Celebration, our festival staff enjoyed reaching back to their wild cowgirl/cowboy days. Director of Festivals Robin H. Kelley has been with Salmon Days for 21 exciting years now and loves bringing the community together for this annual celebration! Laura Walker, putting her second Salmon Days under her belt, has been working with all of the vendors in planning and coordinating a great new festival layout for you to explore and enjoy. Rookie Kimberly Conn has brought a great sense of style to the retail line, and she corralled and drove the new fun Spla$h!MOB game played by hundreds of people in Issaquah, visiting 24 local businesses in its inaugural kickoff year. Robin Spicer has been an important part of the Salmon Days posse for almost 20 years as the mastermind behind all of the wonderful artwork, T-shirts, logos, ads and everything creative! And let’s not forget our newest cowboy to the

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Planning and promoting this year’s festival is a magical, yearlong journey. We have so much fun creating this magnificent two-day extravaganza that celebrates the return of the salmon to the Issaquah waterways. Along with the staff, more than 500 volunteers work to produce and support Salmon Days. Many regularly join us as chairmen/chairwomen of committees; others come in the office to count and fold shirts, prepare banners, build and stock shelves, copy, collate, print, glue, color and generally play with us year round. Still others come out to help with their favorite job during Salmon Days weekend. Add to this the more than 60 ohfishal spawnsors, 70 nonprofit organizations, 60 food purveyors, more than 300 artisans and 180,000 of the community’s closest friends and family, and you have a festival!

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Community nonprofits are thrilled to the gills Your local nonprofits are thrilled to be at Salmon Days and up to their gills helping our community! The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is the major fundraiser for local nonprofits, and for service groups to recruit volunteers, raise funds and create awareness for their organizations, as well as being the major fundraiser for the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. More than 70 groups that directly benefit and impact Issaquah residents are represented at the festival. Here is a small sampling of the organizations you will find at this year’s festival: Issaquah Kiwanis Salmon BBQ For 43 years, the “world famous” Kiwanis Salmon BBQ has enticed festivalgoers with the wafting smells of alder smoke, and fresh fish grilling on an open flame. Just as the festival has grown, so has the amount of mouth-

watering salmon served — now totaling more than two tons a year! Located at Gibson Park on Newport Way, the feast is just a short walk from the salmon hatchery and close to the Hatchery Stage where folk, bluegrass and Americana tunes are played. The first fillets come off the grill at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to a fabulous meal, you’ll find covered seating and a tot lot where the children can enjoy playing. Issaquah Valley Kiwanis barbecued beef and pulled pork sandwiches If you are craving something a little meatier, visit the Issaquah Valley Kiwanis Club barbecue in the Go Fish! Food Court located next to Mills Music. Food fanatics will find scrumptious barbecued beef or pulled pork sandwiches. The proceeds from both barbecues benefit a variety of projects and programs in the community.

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Restoration Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Salmon Days. The Gilman Town Hall Museum and Jail (165 S.E. Andrews St.) tell the story of Issaquah’s early history. The Issaquah Train Depot, fully restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is at the center of Salmon Days activities. Exhibits at this location address Issaquah’s railroad history. The depot is also the home of the Issaquah Valley Trolley, which has just been restored, and will be on display at the depot during festival hours. Communications Support Team Stop by the team’s trailer and booth 149 on East Sunset Way to checkout its equipment and learn how team members provide communications for the Issaquah Police Department. The team provides the resources and manpower to facilitate near and long-range radio communications with other city and state agencies when standard forms of communications are unavailable. The team trains regularly and runs drills to

better team members’ skill sets and to learn what can be improved to make them a more valuable asset to the city. FISH Bring your fishy questions to the experts at the salmon hatchery on West Sunset Way. Celebrating 75 years in 2012 the hatchery has featured many fun activities for the anniversary. There you’ll find highly trained and knowledgeable FISH volunteers (Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery). Docents are easily identified by the tall “Ask Me” signs. Stop by the FISH booth at the hatchery to partake in the “Gill”-iver’s Travels passport game. Complete the game and earn your own special treat! Sister City Commission/AMIE The Sister City Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange booth are just across Sunset Way from the Blue Door, a token of friendship from our sister city — Chefchaouen, Kingdom of Morocco. Visit

with artists and delegates who have traveled halfway around the world to be with us in Issaquah to visit and take part in Salmon Days.



Ohfishal festival nonprofits thrilled to lend a hand More than 70 nonprofit groups and service organizations will participate in Salmon Days 2012. For many of these nonprofits, the festival serves as their major fundraising activity or community outreach for the year. Salmon Days is pleased to host these organizations, sharing the exposure, with the proceeds and support going directly back into the Issaquah and greater Eastside communities. We are gratified to be of service and offer this opportunity to so many good causes and hope you will join us in supporting them. Thank you! S Denotes green organizations 5th District Democrats 5th Legislative District Republicans American Moroccan International Exchange Calvary Chapel Eastside

Care Net of Puget Sound Cascade Lodge No. 2-087 Sons of Norway Chief Seattle Council — Boy Scouts Alpine District Christian Science Reading Room S City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability City of Issaquah Police Department City of Issaquah Sister City Commission Climb to Fight Breast Cancer Community Cat Coalition S Community Energy Solutions Cougar Mountain Zoo Covenant Presbyterian Church of Issaquah Talk Time Eager Eye Guide Pups Eastridge Christian Assembly Eastside Baby Corner Eastside Fire & Rescue LOCAL 2878 Eastside Lions Youth Rugby Club Fraternity Snoqualmie Friends for Life

S Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery S Friends of the Trail Friends of Youth Girl Scout Troop 41616 Greyhound Pets Inc. S Grizzly Bear Outreach Project S Issaquah Alps Trails Club Issaquah Citizens Corps Issaquah Communications Support Team S Issaquah Environmental Council Issaquah High School Booster Club Issaquah High School Booster Club: Football Issaquah High School — DECA Issaquah Middle School PTSA Issaquah Robotics Society Issaquah Schools Foundation Issaquah Soccer Club Issaquah Valley Elementary School PTA Issaquah Valley Rock Club Inc. Issaquah Valley Trolley

45 Issaquah Youth Advisory Board S King County Noxious Weed Control Program King County Police Union’s MY ID CLUB S King County Solid Waste Division/Recycle More. It’s Easy to Do. Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Valley Knights of Columbus Council No. 7907 Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1832 S Lake Sammamish State Park S Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Purrfect pals SAMBICA S Save Lake Sammamish S Seattle Tilth S Sierra Club Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association Sticks-2-Schools Timberlake Church, Issaquah Troop 636 Boy Scouts S Trout Unlimited: Bellevue Issaquah Chapter S U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest


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Packed to the gills with recycling Of the many “thrilling” things at Salmon Days is our commitment to having a clean and green festival. A celebration of this size has a way of catching up with our carbon footprint. Ensuring a healthy environment for the salmon is always on our minds. This year, we continue our initiative to use only compostable serviceware and to-go containers, thanks to the cooperative efforts of our City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability, CleanScapes and the Salmon Days Festivals Office. From straws to plates and everything in between, Salmon Days will again be one of the festivals in the country that requires vendors to use only compostable products. Made from corn, sugar cane, bamboo and wheat by-products, which are fully compostable, these goods allow Salmon Days organizers to drastically reduce waste destined for the landfill. Friendly volunteers and event professionals from CleanScapes will happily help you

to dispose of your food containers at our recycle stations. So grab a tasty treat, enjoy some deli-

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Above, the band Union Jack takes its bows after performing on the Rainier Blvd Stage. Below, Andrew Hansen plays the French horn with the Issaquah High School Marching Band.

Above, two youngsters paint their own salmon souvenir at the Fields of Fun during the 2011 Salmon Days Festival.

Above, Olga, a yellow Labrador retriever from Stanwood, retrieves the target at the Puget Sound DockDogs pool on the Field of Fun. At right, Adison Hackney, of Issaquah, fires a beanbag from a slingshot to put out a cardboard house fire as Ryan Hendricks, Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 83 firefighter, helps out.



At left, Darby Fuehr swings in a HangLoose Hammock on Sunset Way during Salmon Days. At right, Issaquah Press mascot Inky Dinky, played by Kelly Raab, gets a golf cart ride from Salmon Days volunteer Oscar Kelley after finishing her Grande Parade duties.

The Issaquah High School cheerleader squad walks on Front Street from their school to the staging area to get ready for the start of the 2011 Grande Parade.

Above, Kaitlyn Rogers (left), adult leader Kenny Cason and other members of the Panther Pride Unicycle Team, from the Snoqualmie area, display their skills on Northwest Gilman Boulevard during the Grande Parade. At right, the mini train at the Field of Fun gives rides to children around the parking lot during the weekend.



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