Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Today, I went to the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrating the return of the salmon to the hatchery and rivers locally. There must have been over 10,000 people as it was quite crowded! We parked just outside the downtown area and took a yellow school bus shuttle that dropped us off for $1. It felt like being a little kid again riding on the bus going to see the farm. At the same time, there was a main street type of parade with all sorts of organizations proudly marching to the music.

There were so many people that it was difficult to maneuver past all the food and shop vendors just to get to the hatchery and see the salmon. The small bridge over the stream was just too narrow, so you had to wait until you can find a spot to look over the rail. Finally, you could see the salmon swimming! These are of the Chinook (King) salmon species that are quite large, up to 4ft and some over 50 pounds.

Later, we had some food among the many vendors out there. The crab cakes and fish that I had were really good and tasted fresh. Everything was out there including Kenyan chicken and Vietnamese style dishes if you wanted it.

Not to mention the loads of activities for the kids to be occupied with, including this mock mountain climbing wall that was setup.

All in all, it was a good day seeing the salmon run.


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