Whoever said, 'You can never go home again' has never met an Issaquah salmon! Every year, nearly 20,000 salmon swim home to the
Issaquah Creek and Salmon Hatchery to visit the lakes, streams and hatcheries they were born.
Issaquah Salmon Days, hosted by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is a celebration of the annual Northwest salmon migration, and this weekend Brad, Steven and I attended the festival to celebrate with our fellow fish-loving friends. The festival attracts nearly 150,000 people over its two days and offers a wide variety of activities for attendees including food, arts and crafts, the salmon hatchery, music and more.
Over the course of the weekend we rocked out to the jazz tunes of the
Rainy City Riff Raff, cheered on the pool-diving Puget Sound Dock Dogs, and of course, munched on the best grilled Salmon around from
As we snapped souvenir photos of our fellow festival-goers, we came to realize that like the salmon, people of the Northwest return to Issaquah Salmon Days each year from hundreds of miles around. In fact, for many this festival has become a part of their yearly family traditions. We met salmon-lover Christine, a native Seattleite who has relocated to California but never fails to miss Salmon Days.
'We grew up here in the Seattle area and we always attended Salmon Days. A lot has changed since we moved south to California but it gets bigger and better every year! My favorite thing about this event is the salmon. My husband's brother always smokes a king salmon, and I have to say, there's nothing quite like a Northwest salmon--it's simply the best,' Christine said.
The salmon will be returning to the Issaquah Creek and Salmon Hatchery all the way into December, so it's not too late to catch a glimpse of these truly remarkable fish if you missed out this weekend.
Speaking of 'catching' — Don't forget to catch us this Sunday at Qwest field when the Seahawks take on the Jaguars and we continue our search for the most 'Supercharged Seahawks Fan' at the PEMCO photo booth.