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Salmon Days: Where the ‘Wild Things!’ are



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It’s a “Wild Thing” weekend as we celebrate the annual return of our kings, reds and silvers to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery, which is the center of festival attractions, is filled with displays and activities. Pick up your “Gill”-iver’s Travels passport and navigate to the different booths as you learn about salmon, their migration, environ- EILEEN BARBER ment and water quality. Show FESTIVAL CHAIRWOMAN your completed passport to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for a special fishy reward. The Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery docents will be on the grounds to answer all of your questions about the salmon’s lifecycle. They can even tell you about the salmon that 5-6 million years ago had fangs, weighed 500 pounds and were 10 feet long — a true “Wild Thing!” Entertainment is everywhere. The Hatchery Stage, “where salmon swing and bluegrass is king,” is back this year just across the hatchery bridge. The Rainier Blvd. Stage is a must stop for hot rock, pop and blues. Of course ALL are FREE. There’s a wonderful world of “wild” activities throughout the Salmon Days festival. The parade starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands and floats. There are more than 250 arts and crafts booths; the Foods of the World can satisfy any appetite; and the Field of Fun is full of hands-on projects, rides, games, music and magic. Stop by to create your very own “Wild Thing” sock puppet. Salmon Days strives to be a cleaner and greener festival. Everything from spoons, plates, cups and straws are made from cornstarch and are fully compostable. Our fearless team of Refuse Rangers in the neon-green shirts can be seen throughout the festival to happily help you dispose of your food containers. Be sure to give them a high five! I’d like to extend a special “wild” thank you to the city of Issaquah and the businesses of Issaquah. Please stop in to visit our downtown merchants and restaurants to see what “wild wares” they have to offer. And a special thank you to the more than 500 “wild things” volunteers who put in countless hours to make the festival run smooth and safe. They can be identified by the “Ohfishal Volunteer Wild Thing” T-shirts. Also, many wild thanks to the festival staff members who work to produce this award-winning festival. Welcome to Issaquah. I hope you enjoy your visit.



How ‘Wild Things!’ get to the festival With parking and gas at a premium, we have many alternatives for the fuel conscious to get to Salmon Days.

Go green — ride your bike! For those pedaling wild things, come take advantage of our FREE bike corral, ohfishally spawnsored by REI and Costco Wholesale. The Bike Corral is conveniently located at the salmon hatchery on West Sunset Way. To get there, take Newport Way to West Sunset Way and enter the hatchery through the first entrance. You can leave your bike and helmet in the safety of the corral while you wander the festival. REI, our community bike commute specialists, will provide free bike inspections at their booth by the Bike Corral.

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 use 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 Northeast. 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 Costco store and the shuttle is located on 10th Avenue Northwest. The newly constructed 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.

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 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 1015 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 and the Rotary Run. Attendees are required to pay only on the return trip. The buses are equipped to be handicapped accessible. Stop by the zHome booth at the Highlands Park & Ride to check out this green community.

Parking There are a number of Issaquah service organizations who operate pay parking lots as fundraisers located around the perimeter of the festival and offer convenient parking at affordable prices. Look for the bright pink “fish” signs as these indicate ohfishally sanctioned parking lots — all of the proceeds go to Issaquah charities, nonprofit organizations or service groups.



Finding ‘Wild Things!’ at the festival 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 Coldwell Banker Bain, 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 if you are not near an information booth. Many of our helpful information booths’ 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 at-large community as well. 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 to download a map to bring with you!

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce has been the presenting organization for the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival for the past 42 years. The chamber, with more than 450 members, works year round to promote the Issaquah community, support the local economy, provide business-networking opportunities and serves as the voice of local business to government through its political ad-

vocacy. Located in the historic Alexander House on Gilman Boulevard, the chamber produces dozens of networking and other business-focused events each year and actively works to promote and support local businesses through print, online, word of mouth and other media. Visit the chamber today at to learn more about how it can help your business thrive in Issaquah.

 The festival’s east entrance at the fire station on East Sunset Way.

First aid

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 the bustling atmosphere, kids, and environment is not pet friendly nor is it fun for them. Thank you, on behalf of the city of Issaquah, the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.

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:  The festival’s north entrance near the intersection of Front Street North and Northeast Dogwood Street.  The festival’s west entrance on West Sunset Way near Newport Way.

Quiet Room The Quiet Room is located on the west side of the Field of Fun and is managed through a 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 or a diaper change.

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This festival is all about ‘Wild Things!’ Salmon Days is a kaleidoscope of events and people coming together to celebrate the return of salmon to our streams. This year’s theme is “Wild Things!” Salmon Days began 42 years ago as a wondrous celebration of nature — specifically, the returning salmon. The backdrop for this momentous occasion is Issaquah itself, wreathed in vibrant fall colors and shining like a jewel. The beauty of salmon and city come together to create a unique and magical event. Strategic partnerships help us to limit carbon emissions, ensuring that Salmon Days minimally affects the environment. We focus on that impact — implementing the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy; using biodiesel fuel in shuttle buses and generators; offering a free Bike Corral; and working with our citizenry to sort their

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9 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 20 years for its environmental, family-friendly and marketing programs, including the prestigious International Festival & Events Association’s Pinnacle Awards, the Washington Festival & Events Association’s Summit Awards and the Washington State Recycler’s Association’s Best Event for 2010 for our green efforts. Local schoolchildren eagerly await the return of the salmon each year, as the fish’s lifecycle is built into classroom curriculum, and field trips to the stream and hatchery are plentiful. With educational opportunities also at Salmon Days, students are seen prompting their parents with the correct answers. A highlight for many of these young students is the quest to find their salmon, a brightly colored and painted art pro-


ject. Displayed around the festival, these creative works of art showcase the talent of our festival’s youngest participants. It is the extraordinary recipe of image, theme and effort, which blends together to create Salmon Days magic. Named as a treasure by our citizens and held as an icon of the com-

munity by city leaders, the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is the framework that bonds diverse people with assorted missions and interests together into an authentic, heartfelt celebration. Salmon Days embodies the heart and soul of our community. The festival celebrates and honors one of nature’s most amazing creatures, the salmon. In no other place is their journey more fully embraced than in the perfect union of a fun festival. Providing free entertainment and activities for all ages, our festival remains committed to our attendees. Knowing that service organizations are the lifeblood of the community, Salmon Days is proud to support and raise awareness about such worthy causes. More than just a festival, we are a celebration of nature; a friend to local business and commerce; and a coming-together of young and old alike to create memories that last a lifetime.



Salmon Days: Something for everyone We have lots of wild and fun activities this year! There is more to see and do on Rainier (Rock This Way!) Boulevard, the Field of Fun and other parts of the festival than ever before. Come join us!

Rock This Way! Boulevard Play in the “Cash Chamber” at the Discover Issaquah Booth! Try your luck at grabbing cash and prizes! The “Cash Chamber” will run at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Stop by at any time, sign up for the hourly drawing and we will text the winner 30 minutes before the cash scramble time. Plus, learn more about how you can Discover Issaquah and find out more about chamber of commerce membership! Must be 18 or older to participate. Only one participant per household.

Alpaca — FREE Come see the gentle alpaca and feel the luxurious clothing made from their wool.

Rope-A-Phobia — FREE High-climbing adventure with ropes and a fireman’s pole, ohfishally spawnsored by Whole Health Chiropractic Center.

Chess4Life — FREE Join Chess4Life to learn and play chess on their two giant chessboards.

Field of Fun Saturday 2 p.m. Salmon Dance — FREE Watch local children perform a special festival dance celebration ohfishally spawnsored by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Inflatables are giant bouncy attractions ohfishally spawnsored by the fun folks at Eastside Endoscopy Center. FREE

Puget Sound DockDog competitions and shows — FREE The big splashes are ohfishally spawnsored by Alpine Animal Hospital with support from Cascade Water Alliance and Vertafore.

Fish prints — FREE Join us and Seattle Children’s for the fantastic fun of making fish prints.

Human Hamster Balls! FREE These giant inflatable balls are

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Springfree Trampolines — FREE Join us on these safe and fun trampolines — ohfishally presented by Springfree Trampoline.

Quiet Room — FREE Take a rest from the fun in this quiet space supported and serviced by the Friends of Youth and Ohfishally Spawnsored by HAPPYFAMILY.

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Hand sanitization stations — throughout the festival

Hatchery Stage — featuring bluegrass, folk and Americana — FREE

Thanks to Waxie Sanitary Supply, we have nine special hand-sanitization stations placed just where you need them around the festival grounds for your convenience.

Wander on over and visit the Kiwanis Salmon BBQ and listen to some great music. This popular stage is ohfishally spawnsored by Microsoft, the city of Issaquah Arts Commission and 91.3 KBCS.

Find these friendly animals and be sure to take your photograph with them. Locations are Field of Fun, Rock This Way! Boulevard and the salmon hatchery.

ATM — FREE This is conveniently located on East Sunset Way outside City Hall — ohfishally spawnsored by BECU.

Tile painting — FREE This activity is ohfishally spawnsored by Johnson Brothers Construction. Stop by their booth to paint a tile and enter to win $5,000 toward the remodel of your choice. This is a Salmon Days special — drawing will be made ONLY from entries received during the festival. Must be 18 or older to win. Watch The Issaquah Press

Recycling stations — Foods of the World, Front Street and Sunset Way We are delighted to present the latest concept in recycle sorting. Look for the 10 recycle and compost stations throughout the festival, brought to our community and ohfishally spawnsored by CleanScapes.

Giant salmon puppet — on the streets This festive, flamboyant fish is a fun feature of our 42-year-old festival and is ohfishally spawnsored by the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Dogs can be ‘Wild Things!’ too Stand in the splash zone and watch these dog-style wild things’ high-flying athleticism and energy at the DockDogs water jump. Salmon Days brings you the thrill and excitement of something fun for the whole family — and best of all it’s FREE! 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)!

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✰ Onsite registration/practice: — 9 a.m. ✰ Big Air WAVE Competition No. 1 — 10 a.m. ✰ Big Air WAVE Competition No. 2 — Noon

✰ Extreme Vertical Competition — 3:30 p.m. ✰ Big Air WAVE Competition No. 3 — 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2

✰ Onsite registration/practice — 9 a.m. ✰ Big Air WAVE Competition No. 4 — 10 a.m. ✰ Big Air WAVE Competition No. 5 — Noon ✰ Speed Retrieve Competition — 2:30 p.m. Speed Retrieve Finals immediately following ✰ Big Air Finals start at 4 p.m.



Find the Roving Fish Fan Be sure to be at the festival at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days to find our Roving Fish Fan and have a chance to win great prizes from some of our wild and fish friendly ohfishal spawnsors. Be the first to find our Roving Fish Fan at the different specific locations

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Great prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason’s MediSpa and other valuable prizes offered by BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center and Coldwell Banker Bain. Must be 18 or older to win. Limited to one winner per household/address.

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Composting materials keep festival green, clean Of the many “Wild Things!” this year, Salmon Days is especially proud of its commitment to having a clean and green festival. A celebration of this size has a way of catching up with our “waste-lines” and carbon footprint. Ensuring a healthy environment for the salmon to return to is always on our minds. This year, we continue our initiative to use only compostable service ware and to-go containers. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of our city Resource Conservation Office, CleanScapes and the Salmon Days Office, vendors will be able to conveniently purchase compostable service ware directly from the festival. From straws to plates and everything in between, Salmon Days will again be one of the festivals in the nation that requires vendors to use only compostable products. Made from corn, sugar cane, bamboo and wheat by-products, which are all fully compostable, these goods allow Salmon Days organizers to drastically reduce waste destined for the

landfill. This year, we expect to divert from the landfill at least 50 percent of the total waste generated at the festival. Friendly volunteers and events professionals from CleanScapes will happily help you to dispose of your food containers at our recycle stations. So grab a tasty treat, enjoy some delicious food and come help us “re-spawn-sibly” celebrate the return of the salmon to our local hatchery.



Take the highlands shuttle to zHome Did you know one of the greenest residential developments in our country is located right here in Issaquah? Join us during Salmon Days for a free tour of zHome, the first multifamily, zero-energy, carbon-neutral community in the United States. Look for our booth at the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride shuttle stop. We can then direct you to the homes, located just steps away! The 10 townhomes achieve an impressive amount of ultra-green benchmarks, including: • True zero-net energy • 30 percent of the water use of a

typical home • High indoor air quality through ventilation and low-toxicity materials • Deep green-building materials • 90 percent of construction waste is recycled/reused • Site storm water mimics a natural, forested state A significant portion of our environmental footprint comes from the construction and operation of buildings. Spearheaded by the city of Issaquah, zHome demonstrates how to make a home’s impacts as close to zero as possible. During the tour, you’ll see a variety of

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Take your culinary senses to the wild side Everyone has his or her favorite festival food and there is no better place to grab a tasty treat than at Salmon Days. Where else can you get roasted corn on the cob, barbecued beef and salmon, gyros, tacos, crepes and Thai noodles, to name a few, all at the same place? Foods of the World, ohfishally spawnsored by Waste Management, provides enough mouth-watering entrees, scrumptious side dishes and great festival fare to satisfy everyone. Enjoy the flavors of Seoul Short Ribs with their Kalbi beef or chicken plate, join The Whim of the “Chefs” for Cajun and American entrees or bask in the wonders of Truly Mediterranean’s halibut and salmon fish tacos, yum! Did someone say salmon? Get your fill of fresh salmon at Scotty’s Northwest, serving blackened salmon over a Caesar salad or grab some fabulous crab cakes at Crab Cakes and Seafood Specialties in the Foods of the World. Or, stop by the Kiwanis Salmon

BBQ in Gibson Park, across from the salmon hatchery off Newport Way. You can find great food all through the festival, including in the lively Go Fish! Food Court. For something more traditional try Pompeii Woodfired Pizza Co. serving meat, veggie and dessert wood-fired pizzas — wow! Or stop by award winner from 2010 Shrimply Delicious with its divine shrimp, crab or combo croissant melt, shrimp kebobs and surf & turf kebobs; also the awardwinning Washington’s Own Apple Dumpling Gang for a little slice of heaven. Of course, after eating all of this great food you’ll need a cool beverage. Enjoy a refreshing ice-cold Coca-Cola or Talking Rain water, available at most food booths. Remember to save room for your favorite festival treats, ice cream, cotton candy, elephant ears, shaved ice and more!

Foods Of The World 2 Chefs Gourmet Falafel — Middle Eastern falafel, gyros, hummus A Roasted Development — Baked potatoes and turkey legs Aussie Onion Burst — Deep-fried onion “burst” with dipping sauce B & M Italian Concessions — New York style Italian sandwiches! Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers — Cajun blackened salmon, gourmet burgers, fish and chips and fries Bambuza Vietnam Bistro — Vegetarian fried rice, teriyaki skewers, soba noodles Big Bear’s Native Tacos — Indian frybread, tacos with chili topping, huckleberry shortcake Biringer Farm — Delicious strawberry shortcakes Crab Cakes & Seafood Specialties — Crab cake plate, crab cakes a la carte and seafood caesar wrap CrepeAlicious — Chicken, seafood and veggie crepes, oh my! And dessert crepes, too! Fiesta Time Foods — Corn dogs, hamburgers, curly fries, fried cheese and

21 chicken nuggets Frankfurter USA — Old fashion German-style frankfurters, kielbasa and smoked Thai chicken on a French roll Kaleenka Piroshky — Russian beef and cheese or salmon piroshkies Kenyan Kitchen — African chicken piri piri, vegetable curry, beef and vegetable sambusas Kolossus Gyros — Beef, lamb, chicken and veggie gyros, Greek salad and baklava Mondo Pizza — Hawaiian, Margarita, cheese and pepperoni pizza Panda Catering — Dim sum combo and phad thai Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwich — Philly steak, chicken or Polish sandwiches, apple pie and lemonade Ray’s Teriyaki & Noodles — Teriyaki chicken Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse — Delicious Kobe beef chili, clam chowder and beer cheese soup, all served in a warm, crusty sourdough bread bowl Scotty’s Northwest — Shrimp, blackened salmon or traditional Caesar salads and lemonade

FESTIVALFOOD Seoul Short Ribs — Kalbi beef or chicken plate and stir fry noodles Smokey’s BBQ Grill — Northwest style hickory BBQ Taco Grande — Giant soft taco, nachos, taco salad The Whim of the “Chefs” — Cajun and American entrees, sweet potato fries, gumbo, catfish Truly Mediterranean — Halibut and salmon fish tacos, garlic fries and mango lemonade Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus — German bratwurst, jumbo Polish sausage, corn dogs, wieners and curly fries

Ray’s Foods — Elephant ears, corn dogs, root beer floats and lemonade Shrimply Delicious — Shrimp, crab or combo croissant melt, shrimp kebobs, surf & turf kebobs, shrimp and crab cocktails Washington’s Own Apple Dumpling Gang — Apple, peach or cherry dumplings with vanilla ice cream

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China Delight — Pot stickers, teriyaki chicken and cheese crab wontons Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Valley — Tasty beef and pulled pork sandwiches, soda, coffee and water Olde Tyme Kettle Korn — Kettle korn, and cinnamon-glazed almonds and pecans Pompeii Woodfired Pizza Co. — Meat, veggie and dessert wood-fired pizzas

Biringer Farm — Delicious strawberry shortcakes Boehm’s — Hand-dipped ice cream bars Bump & Run Espresso and Little C’s Funnel Cakes — Coffee and funnel cakes — yum! Burton’s at Your A’Fair — Roasted corn on the cob, smoked salmon, smooth-

Field Of Fun Ben and Jerry’s — Ice cream cones Irishman Enterprises — Lemonade, soft serve ice cream, kielbasa and hot dogs




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Strawberry, blueberry and combo shortcakes covered with whipped cream, and iced tea The Ice Cream Lady — Wonderful waffle ice cream cones Top Chef Concessions — Steak and seafood skewers, steak sandwiches and coconut prawns with fries You Found Us! Concessions — Scooped ice cream, caramel apples, cotton candy, frozen bananas and root beer floats Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus — German

bratwurst, jumbo Polish sausage, corn dogs, wieners and curly fries

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Children: Come be ‘Wild Things!’ Bring your wild things to come and play on the FREE and fabulous Field of Fun, which is full of exciting activities in Veterans’ Memorial Field. The Field of Fun is located behind the Issaquah Police Department and next to the Foods of the World. Catered toward families and our youngest festivalgoers, the Field of Fun has safe, fun, free and fishy activities for all ages. Check out the inflatables — giant

bouncy attractions sure to please those little wild things and satisfy their climbing and jumping urges. This huge, free activity is brought to our community celebration by the fun folks at Eastside Endoscopy Center; stop by their booth No. 160 at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way.

For more roly-poly fun, check out our giant Human Hamster Balls ohfishally spawnsored by Banic Chiropractic Clinic; its booth No. 130 is located on East Sunset Way. Climb inside these giant inflatable balls and see what if feels like to be a hamster. Enjoy a roll around the Field of Fun! Join us on the steps of the Issaquah Police Department for a Salmon Days tradition! Ohfishally spawnsored by Seattle Children’s, booth No. 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. The Kids’ Stage is full of wild things for family members of all sizes. Packed with favorite regional children’s performers, audiences will remain captivated by exciting stories, thrilling magic, intriguing reptiles and more! The stage is ohfishally spawnsored by American Family Insurance and Radio Disney AM1250, both located by the Kids’ Stage. Join wild man Rick Hartman, of the Toy Workshop, and 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. All aboard for a wild ride! Choo choo, here come the mini trains! Hop on the mini trains and enjoy the ride, ohfishally spawnsored by Port Blakely


Communities. Toot, toot! Jump on the trampolines ohfishally spawnsored by Springfree Trampoline. Take a walk on the wild side and stand in the splash zone to see and feel the high-flying athleticism and energy of the exciting 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 (its booth No. 607 is located next to DockDogs) with support from Cascade Water Alliance and Vertafore. Need a place to calm your own wild things?


The Quiet Room is the place to be, providing a respite time to get those little ones calm, fed and ready to enjoy the fun again. This peaceful oasis is supported and serviced by Friends of Youth and is ohfishally spawnsored by HAPPYFAMILY. For a different kind of break and some energy release, join Karate West on the police patio and break a board for only $2 each. This fun and exciting activity will let you experience the thrill of

splitting a piece of wood with your bare hands! Cool! Enter to win karate lessons or a karate-themed birthday party. The 2011 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 the festival’s website — — or email



Festival committee is wild and wonderful 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 monthly beginning in June and continue through Salmon Days assisting the Festivals Office with the preparation and production. This year’s committee includes the following: Will Parkinson Chamber board liaison Don Turner Eastside Fire & Rescue

David Harris Entertainment Eileen Barber Festival Committee chairwoman Camie Callahan/Sharianne Coad Field of Fun Pam Stevens Food booth manager Alan Finkelstein Geoteaming Joyce Adams Grande Parade Rob Gilde Hatchery Zone Max Maxwell Headquarters Mike Winkler Information booths Kristi Tripple Nonprofit booth manager Sgt. Chris Wilson Police liaison David Bahm Refuse Rangers

Wendy DuBois/Pam Stevens Retail Joyce Adams Salmbassadors Greg and Luke Spranger Tech Team Jack Hodges/Mike DeLile Vehicle integration placement Ileah Hoeke/Victoria Rose/Freya Bey Volunteers Salmon Days is honored to partner with more than 500 members of the community each year who come to lend a hand. These trusty people are often referred to as “Ohfishals,” and this year you’ll find them hustling around Salmon Days in wild and colorful T-shirts helping with just about everything! This year’s annual Salmon Days Volunteer SignUp Party was held Sept. 7 at Pickering Barn

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Hatchery foreman John Kugen inspects breeding equipment inside the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Hatchery salmon make ultimate sacrifice for species’ survival


While it might appear to be little more than a bucket, a remote sight incubator allows the hatchery to use water from various sources to hatch young salmon.

By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter There are steps in the process that may not be pretty, but they’re all aimed at aiding in the survival of Pacific salmon. With hope of eventually releasing millions of young salmon back into local waters, workers and volunteers at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery harvest nearly 2,000 mature chinook and coho salmon annually. They also take in kokanee from Lake Sammamish. The chinook and coho check into the hatchery via Issaquah Creek. This year, the first fish arrived Aug. 23. Some people are surprised to learn mature salmon are killed for artificial breeding purposes, admitted Darin Combs, hatchery manager. Visitors can watch the fish being collected and processed. Combs said that somewhat

29 surprisingly to him, adults have the strongest negative reactions. Children aren’t as offended, and they sometimes ask to see the fish remains. The important thing to remember, Combs said, is that all salmon — males and females — die after spawning. The first salmon to reach the hatchery are chinook. Biologically driven to go upstream to spawn, the fish only have one way to go once they reach the facility, Combs said, and that is up the hatchery fish ladder and into holding ponds. The first harvest of male and female chinooks is completed in late September. “You have to get your hands on the fish,” Combs said. “So, you get in the water in your waders and you grab the fish by the tail one at a time.” “Ripe” females are detected by the feel of their bellies. If the fish is ready for harvesting, the female’s eggs will be loose and the fish may even release a few of those eggs during handling. The test for males is much the same. Combs said the key again is to squeeze their bellies. If a fish releases the milky substance known as milt, he is ready for harvesting. Overall color and condition of fish can also be a signal, though Combs said those aren’t the most reliable. Although it sounds somewhat odd, generally, a healthy looking, silver-colored fish is not going to be ready. Fish deemed ripe for spawning are processed after being humanely killed, according to hatchery foreman John Kugen. The remains are then moved to what’s called the spawning table that sits next to the holding ponds. Pressure is applied by hand to each individual salmon’s abdomen. Eggs and milt are collected and, for now, preserved separately. The breeding materials are later mixed together, with the resulting fry kept in long troughs or in more modern vertical stacks. Early on in their lives, Combs said, the young fry are kept out of the public eye as they simply are too fragile. The breeding troughs are pretty



Cement troughs like this one are the traditional way to house young hatchery-bred salmon. much what they sound like: elongated cement pools in which young fish are kept. Both Kugen and Combs said the stack equipment is far more efficient. The youngsters are placed in what look like plastic drawers stacked one on top of another in metal frames.

Kugen said the stacks hold more fish and use less water than traditional troughs. In the case of the coho, after collecting 1.1 million eggs, Kugen said the Issaquah hatchery aims for 450,000




“planting smolts” — fish that will be released into the wild. Other coho are given to various co-ops, such as sports groups, or used for the hatchery’s famous Salmon in the Classroom program. The planting goal regarding chinook is about 2 million smolts from 2.3 million eggs. Young coho are guests of the hatchery for about 21 months from the time they are taken as eggs to the time they are released as smolts. Chinook are let loose much sooner; they are gathered in late September to early October and released the following spring. Besides the smolts, the hatchery lets loose from the holding ponds about 1,000 chinook and the same number of coho to travel further up the creek, hopefully to spawn and die naturally. What happens to the remains of the fish that gave their all for the survival of their species? Most know the basics of salmon reproduction, how the fish will return from the salt water of the ocean to the fresh water river or creek where they were born. What might not be as well known is that the trip is a fatal one for the fish even if they don’t spawn. “Once they enter the fresh water, they start to die,” Combs said. “They don’t look very good after a while.” By the time they are ready to be harvested for reproduction, they are often pale and thin. The hatchery donates a certain amount of harvested edible salmon to local food banks. The rest goes to a private seafood handler, which pays a fee for the fish. Not suitable for human consumption, those fish are turned into fertilizer or pet food. Kugen added that before remains go anywhere, they are run through a metal detector in order to search for any fish tags that might be present. The tags are a way of tracking fish born in other hatcheries. Usually, the Issaquah hatchery doesn’t end up with too many fish born elsewhere, Kugen said, but they still need to keep track of the socalled strays. As all hatchery fish are given some identification, the removal of an adipose fin, a very small fin on the back of the fish, marks Issaquah fry. As for the kokanee, Combs said the hatchery’s efforts are part of a plan


Young salmon can be kept in what look like drawers on stack equipment inside the hatchery.

After being taken from hatchery waiting pools, fish to be used for breeding are fed into these machines and automatically incapacitated. Female eggs and male milt are combined to artificially hatch young salmon in breeding equipment such as this inside the Issaquah hatchery. to hopefully restore the fish to Lake Sammamish. “The population there really is in trouble,” Combs said. Adult salmon are caught in the lake using nets, Kugen said. They are brought back to the hatchery, where eggs and milt are harvested. Raising fry in the hatchery results in a much higher survival rate than if the fry were returned immediately to Lake Sammamish. Still, raising lake kokanee in the hatchery presents one major problem. Salmon imprint into their memory banks whatever waterway they are born in; that is the water they will try and get back to as adults when they are ready to spawn. Issaquah Creek is the main water source for the Issaquah hatchery. If eggs from Lake Sammamish were hatched in water from the creek, the resulting fry would later try to reach Issaquah Creek instead of some of the other waterways that feed into the lake. To solve the problem, the hatchery

uses equipment known as remote sight incubators. The eggs and milt are introduced into special buckets that contain water from whatever creek conservation officials want the fry to return to as adults. Kugen said the program has worked extremely well, with a fry survival rate of 97 percent. Last year, from some 16,000 eggs, the Issaquah hatchery was able to release between 14,000 and 15,000 fish into Lake Sammamish. Finally, the hatchery also works to raise rainbow trout, releasing about 30,000 a year into Pine and Beaver lakes. Kugen said the hatchery holds onto a few thousand every year until the fish get, as he put it, “nice and fat.” Local fishermen have been known to follow the trucks from the hatchery to one of the two lakes in order to try their hand at catching the prize-sized trout. “That’s a very popular program,” Kugen said of the trout farming.


Above, Sammy the Salmon has a wordless hello for Nadja Dynda, of the Issaquah Highlands. At right, Megan Anderson and daughter Olivia check out salmon at the hatchery footbridge as FISH docent Larry Franks looks on.

Above, couples dance to the rock music of the Fleetwood Mac tribute band Second Hand Newz at the Rainier Blvd. Stage. At right, Andy Urion, co-owner of Metalcraft, hangs a steel-andcopper salmon sculpture over his craft vendor tent.




At right, Donna and Gary Lee, of Issaquah, information rovers walking along Front Street, have been Salmon Days volunteers for 15 years. Below, Trent Goodrow, of Maple Valley, wears a tall balloon hat during his walk along Front Street. Above, Kim Mapes and her daughter Davis dance to ‘Play That Funky Music,’ covered by the rock and funk band Panama on the Rainier Blvd. Stage. At left, McKenna Green (left) and Hayley Nye, of Issaquah, make sock puppets at the Sock-eye Puppet Theatre tent on the Field of Fun.

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Catch the ‘Wild Things!’ on parade The festival will begin its 42nd anniversary celebration with the Issaquah Salmon Days Grande Parade. The parade boasts more than 90 entries, including wild and wonderful floats from around the Northwest. Follow the procession from Front Street at Northwest Dogwood Street, down Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue and along 12th Avenue until the parade’s end past the Sports Authority parking lot. The Grande Parade is ohfishally spawnsored by Lakeside Industries. Festival VIPs in the parade include Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich, Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Kristi Tripple, Citizen of the Year Tom Sessions and a representa-



tive from our sister city, Chefchaouen, Kingdom of Morocco. Watch for Captain Coho Joyce Adams, president of the Issaquah Salmbassadors — the festival’s volunteer organization; Sammy the Salmon; and the many community floats that represent festivals from all over the Northwest. These include floats from the Astoria Regatta Festival, Tacoma’s Daffodil Festival, the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival, New Westminster’s Hyack Festival, Olympia’s Capital Lakefair and Wenatchee’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival just to name a few! Cheer on regional high-stepping high school bands, fancy-footed drill teams, and spirited cheerleaders as they perform for your enjoyment. Wave to 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 4 — Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and husband Bill 5 — City Councilman Hassan Dahman — Chefchaouen, Kingdom of Morocco 6 — Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich 7 — Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers and wife Rosie 8 — Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Kristi Tripple 9 — Issaquah Citizen of the Year Tom

Sessions 10 — Captain Coho Joyce Adams 11 — Sammy the Salmon 12 — 2011 King and Queen Issaquah: Joshua Rehn and Laurie Carlisle 13 — Friends of The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 14 — Liberty High School Cheerstaff 15 — Liberty High School Marching Band 16 — YMCA Adventure Guides 17 — Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival 18 — Cub Scout Pack 426

19 — Washington Fencing Academy 20 — Washington State Apple Blossom Festival 21 — Cub Scout Pack 200/Boy Scout Troop 200 22 — Eastside Firefighters Pipes and Drums 23 — Evergreen A’s Model A Club 24 — Olympia Capital Lakefair Float 25 — Overlake Hospital Medical Center 26 — Gymnastics East Gymnasts 27 — Sammamish High School Cheerleaders 28 — Sammamish High School Marching Band 29 — Sammamish High School Drill Team 30 — Seattle Seafair Commodores 31 — UL 72 Foster Care Hydroplane and Hauler 32 — Karate West 33 — The Issaquah Press mascot, Inky Dinky 34 — Waste Management 35 — Seattle Sea Gals and Helmet Buggy 36 — Hazen High School Cheerleading Squad 37 — Hazen High School Drill Team 38 — Keystone Kops 39 — Chief Sealth High School Marching Band 40 — Chief Sealth High School Flag Team




FROM PAGE 35 41 — Egger Orthodontics 42 — Spiritwood at Pine Lake 43 — Kelowna Float — Spirit of the Lake 44 — Sammamish Children’s School: School of Fish 45 — New Westminister Hyack Festival Float 46 — Cub Scout Pack 680 46A — Interlake High School Marching Band 46B — Interlake High School Drill Team 47 — Issaquah Ski & Snowboard School 48 — Issaquah Dance Theatre: Axis Performance Group 49 — Radio Disney AM1250 50 — Skyline High School Cheer Squad 51 — Skyline High School Marching Band 52 — Skyline High School Dance Team 53 — Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family 54 — Riverdog Canine Coaching 55 — Ronald McDonald 56 — Panther Pride Unicycle Team 57 — Portland Royal Rosarians Float 58 — Sal the Salmon 59 — Kau Lio Pa’u Riders (Colors of

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Meet the ohfishal festival ‘Wild Things!’ Welcome to Salmon Days! Our wild and wonderful Director of Festivals Robin H. Kelley celebrated 20 years with Salmon Days this summer. Your wild and wicked spawnsorship and promotions manager is Pauline Middlehurst; the wild and wacky new vendor manager is Laura Walker; and we welcomed back the wildly winsome Bernadette Anne as our retail specialist/business analyst. We just can’t wait for you to find out just what “wild things” we really are! Planning and promoting this year’s festival is a magical, year-long journey. Beginning with this year’s Wild Things theme, it has grown and developed as the fishy characters have taken on a life of their own. We have so much fun creating this magnificent two-day extravaganza that celebrates the return of the salmon to the Issaquah waterways. Our fishy festival is put together by a staff of four, who have tons of fun using their creative genius to create the best possible celebration for you. Along with the staff, more than 500 volunteers work to produce Salmon Days. Many regularly join us 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. Others come out to help with their favorite volunteer job during Salmon Days. Add to this the more than 70 Ohfishal Spawnsors, 70 nonprofit organizations, 60 food


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Issaquah wear and Salmon Days gear The 2011 Issaquah and Salmon Days apparel line is exciting. Featuring the WILD THINGS cast of fishy characters, these quality pieces are sure to reel you in with their coziness, comfort and style. More than ever before, we have men’s and women’s styles in sizes from small to 3X. New this year are two of our WILD THINGS! characters on toddler and kids’ T-shirts.

The women’s purple short-sleeved Tshirt has a redesigned fit and length that women love. It features a fun WILD THING with a flying boa and heels underneath an evening sky of rhinestones. It’s 100 percent cotton by Gear. Sizes small to XL and 1X3X. $25.

Short-sleeved T-shirts Traditional white and surplus green are the colors for this year’s ohfishal short sleeve T-shirts. Each shirt is 100 percent cotton by Gear and has a small logo on the front with a 2011 ohfishal slogan on the back. White shirts are available in small to 3X; the green shirts are small to 2X. $20

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Returning this year, is the most popular Salmon Days T-shirt of all time, Born to be Wild, which showcases a salmon riding a motorcycle on the back with a small Issaquah Salmon Days Festival logo on the front. New this year is that Born to be Wild is

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Long-sleeved T-shirts Our 2011 artist T-shirt features Salmon Swirl by Kate Larsson,, of Gig Harbor. This outstanding watercolor is showcased beautifully on our longsleeved black T-shirt, available in both women’s and men’s styles. Women’s S-2X and men’s S-3X are both 100 percent cotton. $25 The 2011 men’s long-sleeved T-shirt is sporty! The gorgeous heathered charcoal shirt is extra soft for wearing all

41 winter long. Follow the GPS coordinates that it proudly displays on the shirt back to find the ‘best place’ to see salmon in Issaquah. A small chest logo and Keeping it Wild in Washington on the sleeve mean there isn’t anything about this shirt that you can’t love. Men’s sizing S-2X. $25. 1/4-zip


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RETAILWEAR playing WILD THING rocker, which is beautifully embroidered on the front. In a 65 percent cotton/35 percent poly blend, this Gear pullover is available in men’s M-2X. $40. Show your support for Issaquah with the rich sueded fabric of our 2011 olive 1/4-zip sweatshirt. This Gear piece can be worn for active times as well as business, as it is styled for golf. Available in S-2X with an 80/20 cotton/poly blend, it exudes confidence. $45

Full-zip jackets Need a little more warmth for a chilly autumn evening? Our 2011 jackets are the answer! The 2011 raspberry fleece is a super soft gem. It’s baby soft and washes up to be even softer. It’s amazing how that could even be possible, but it’s true! This cheerful raspberry women’s jacket fea-

tures the Issaquah embroidery and has two-seam zip pockets in the front, a lined neck to keep you warm and enough length in the torso that you can’t be cold. In 100 percent polyester, this fleece wraps you up in warmth so you don’t know you are wearing it as you go about your autumn errands. S2X. $40 The women’s washed red hoodie combines screen printing and gorgeous embroidery to showcase WILD THINGS like no other garment in our 2011 line. With a generous torso and sleeve length in a 65/35 cotton/polyblend and a soft fleece interior, this is just right for the transition to Indian summer. Women’s S-2X. $40 Need something a bit warmer and fit for the guys? Try our 2011 Issaquah blue sherpa hoodie to show your Issaquah salmon spirit. This 70/30 blend has a sherpa lining in the hood and body so that it’s warm for au-




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WILD THINGS are beaming from our 2011 collectible pins. Choose your favorite from the two styles and four colors. Our Issaquah pin is also available, while supplies last. $3

Hats No stream was left untraveled as we pulled out all the stops in the design of

our 2011 hats. In black or purple, declare your Issaquah spirit. In khaki, add this year’s Salmon Days hat to your collection. With beautiful embroidery on the front and back, the art doesn’t stop there. Look under the bill and inside. You may just be surprised at how far WILD THINGS can go. Come check out the 2011 hats to see what awaits you. $18

Kids’ T-shirts 2011 kids’ T-shirts make everyone smile. Their cool factor is wild and fun! We thank the 4- and 5-year-old students at Bright Horizons at Issaquah for deciding which WILD THINGS char-

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‘Wild Things!’ to make your heart sing Stop and chat with your favorite artist at Salmon Days — find out his or her story! Each year, Salmon Days has hundreds of artists who exhibit and sell their handcrafted items. Some are new, while others have been participating in the festival for many years. Here are just a few stories, in their own words, from some of the great local and Northwestern artists at Salmon Days this year. We think you will be as excited about their “wild things” as we are. Enjoy!

Justin Hillgrove Imps and Monsters

“Justin Hillgrove grew up in Snohomish, and has been enjoying artistic expression since he was old enough to color on the walls. Mostly self-taught, he spent many years in the design industry before setting out on his own to spend his days painting monsters, robots and other such nonsense. In the past 15 years, Justin has worked on everything from books and magazines to collectible card games and toys. He currently lives in Washington with his wife, four kids, a host of chickens and a dozen or so imaginary friends.” Stop by booth 142 to view Justin’s myriad designs and creations, or go to his website at

Kate Larsson

2011 Salmon Days Featured Artist — watercolors and tiles “I love to paint oversized pieces full of contrasting color and light. I use the same colors we all used in kindergarten before we were taught to “gray things down. If my art touches someone, makes them feel happier or more in touch with nature, then I am pleased.” You can visit Kate at booths 494 and 495, or check out her website —

Chris Strein Silver Wears

Chris learned his skills from his father in New Mexico, and is following in his footsteps. Regarding his unique pieces, he says: “I find more and more that not only do I enjoy designing and making my pieces, but also traveling the back roads of Washington state searching through antique stores for these long-forgotten treasures and envisioning what wonderful things they can become.” Visit Chris at booth 26 or learn more about his jewelry at



Steph Mader

Tolt River Studios “I believe it is the artist’s job to have a definite point of view, to look at things in a fresh way and to communicate those ideas. That is the value of art, and the essential difference between handmade things and manufactured things.” Steph is currently showing her work in Northwest regional art festivals and galleries. Her glass pieces are irresistible, so drop by booth 292 or go to the gallery online at

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‘Wild Things!’ return to Hatchery Stage The Hatchery Stage returns to Salmon Days this fall, showcasing bluegrass, folk and Americana music. Located directly on the hatchery grounds and alongside our returning salmon, this stage’s 2011 lineup features highly regarded Northwest musicians to nationally renowned artists — traditional to progressive. Saturday’s headliner is gifted songwriter and influential banjo player Danny Barnes. Founding member of Austin band Bad Livers, Barnes has been on the cutting-edge of banjo ever since. Also on Saturday, the new Portland trio Green State (featuring Scott Law, Tye North and Luke Price) takes the stage, along with artists Wayward Vessel (also from Portland) and Downtown Mountain Boys. Sunday’s lineup includes “up-andcoming” acoustic duo Cahalen & Eli; plus Urban Monroes, Abby Mae & The Homeschool Boys, and The Gloria Darlings (three great bands featuring female vocals); and local favorites Rural

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1:30 p.m. Downtown Mountain Boys (deep-rooted hillbilly soul) 3 p.m. Danny Barnes (genre bending banjo-tronics) 4:45 p.m. Green State — Scott Law (nationally acclaimed string masters with Tye North and Luke Price)

Sunday, Oct. 2 11 a.m. Rural Delivery (hot-pickin’ timeless harmonies) 12:15 p.m. The Cascade Cut Ups (local pickers and grinners) 1:30 p.m. Abby Mae & The Home school Boys (foot-stomping olde-time music) 2:45 p.m. The Gloria Darlings (indie-folk-grass trio) 4 p.m. Cahalen & Eli (singing acoustic duo) 5 p.m. Urban Monroes (traditional and original)

12:15 p.m. Wayward Vessel (eclectic and innovative folk)

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Danny Barnes Abby Mae & The Homeschool Boys

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Local entertainers head for Front Street Come on over to the Front Street Stage! This is the place at Salmon Days to enjoy local and regional performers. This year’s lineup features a variety of performers, including country, swing, jazz, rock, classic rock, roots, soul, blues, and rhythm and blues, ohfishally spawnsored by Johnson Brothers Construction, Orthopedic Physician Associates and 94.1 KMPS.

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Sunday, Oct. 2 11 a.m. Innervisions Jazz, big band 12:30 p.m. Road Dogz Rhythm and blues, blues, rock 2 p.m. Richie and the Catillacs ’50s rock and country 3:30 p.m. The Fabulous Roof Shakers Blues, rhythm and blues, rock and country 5 p.m. Mark Dufresne Band Blues

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The Fabulous Roofshakers



Bands pay tribute to the classic rockers At the Rainier Blvd. Stage the theme is a tribute to the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. Express your wild side with The Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, Tower of Power, Heart and Pink Floyd, ohfishally spawnsored by Overlake Medical Center.

Saturday, Oct. 1 12 p.m. Threshold Moody Blues tribute 2 p.m. Union Jack Rolling Stones tribute 3:30 p.m. Shambala Tribute to Three Dog Night 5 p.m. Dr. Funk Tower of Power tribute band



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Whirlin’ dervishes on the Kids’ Stage Yes, join us at the Kids’ Stage for a weekend full of exciting adventures. Come and watch the Zambini Brothers puppet show, and then go make your own sock-eye salmon puppet and put on your own puppet show. Join in musical games with Alley Oop, and thrill and chill to the exhibits of the Roving Reptiles — ooh! Watch Clay Martin’s puppet show and get your heart racing with the high-energy jump roping of Rope Works, ohfishally sponsored by American Family and Radio Disney.

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Toes get tappin’ on the Go Fish! Stage This stage is ohfishally sponsored by Bellevue College, Prevail Credit Union and AM880 KIXI.

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Raising funds for the ‘Wild Things!’ Kiwanis Salmon BBQ For 42 years, the “world famous” Kiwanis Salmon BBQ has enticed festivalgoers with the wafting smells of 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 playing folk, bluegrass and Americana. The first fillets come off the grill around 11:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the fabulous meal you’ll find covered seating and a tot lot where the children can play.

Kiwanis barbecued beef and pulled pork sandwiches If you are craving something a little meatier, visit the Issaquah Valley Kiwanis Club barbecue on Front Street in the Go Fish! Food Court. Food fanatics will find scrumptious barbecue beef sandwiches for only $8. The proceeds from both barbecues benefit a variety of projects and programs in the community.

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The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is the prime opportunity for local nonprofits and 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 Issaquah residents are represented at the festival. Here is a small sampling of the organizations you will find at this year’s festival.

The Issaquah History Museums and 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 in the National Register of Historic Places, is at the center of Salmon Days activities. Exhibits at this location address Issaquah’s railroad history. The Train Depot is also the home of the Issaquah Valley Trolley, currently undergoing restoration in the trolley barn north of the depot. Visit them at booth 929.



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F.I.S.H. answers Bring your fishy questions to the experts at the salmon hatchery on West Sunset Way. There you’ll find highly trained and knowledgeable F.I.S.H volunteers (Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery). Docents are easily identified by the tall “Ask Me” signs. Stop by the F.I.S.H. booth at the hatchery to partake in the “Gill”-iver’s Travels passport game. Complete the game and earn your own special treat!

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See ohfishal hatchery ‘Wild Things!’ “Gill”-iver’s Travels Back by popular demand is the “Gill”-iver’s Travels passport game at the downtown salmon hatchery. Join many of the earth-friendly nonprofit organizations for this fishy activity that lets both children and adults assume the role of a migrating salmon. Start by picking up your passport at the entrance of the hatchery and then travel to different booths and answer questions about salmon, their environment and water quality. When you have completed the journey, show your stamped passport at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to receive a special fishy treat!

“Gill”-iver’s Travels is made possible by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, King County and the state Department of Natural Resources. “Gill”-iver’s Travels and other hatchery activities are ohfishally spawnsored by Puget Sound Energy.

Issaquah’s ultra sustainable demonstration project, zHome. Located in the Issaquah Highlands, zHome is the nation’s first multifamily housing project to use no more energy than it generates in a year. Discover more at King County Department of Natural Resources’ Noxious Weed Program: Noxious weed coloring and drawing activities.

More activities The hatchery is also the place for environmental nonprofits and service organizations. Some great attractions include: City of Issaquah — Resource Conservation Office: Come learn about

Vintage Salmon Fishing Tackle: Come see the display of vintage salmon fishing tackle and see how salmon used to be caught. Trout Unlimited — Bellevue Issaquah Chapter: Paint a stencil of a kokanee salmon.

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Celebrating 42 years of ‘Wild Things!’ • In 1970, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented the first Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. • 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. • In the beginning, festival attractions included the Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, salmon hatchery displays, an art show, children's parade led by J.P. Patches, Little League football games at Veterans’ Memorial Field, fire crew competitions and more. • 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. • 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. • 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 almost all of the past prints have sold out. Today, Salmon Days is still presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce with the goal of provid-

ing 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. Ohfishal sporting events have replaced the once popular fire crew competitions. What began as an art show has manifested itself into a marketplace of more than 250 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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