Issaquah Salmon Days, the city’s family oriented festival that celebrates the return of the spawning salmon, will be held this weekend. The event typically attracts 150,000 visitors each year.
The event, now in its 44th year, includes a Foods of the World area, arts and crafts vendors, inflatable toys, pony rides, an extreme air show demonstration and live music. There also will be Splash Mob: The Ultimate Salmon Quest, a scavenger hunt-style event.
At the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, visitors can see salmon moving up the fish ladder, exhibits, displays and other activities. Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon return to the hatchery throughout the late summer and fall. The hatchery also produces rainbow trout.
For the first time, the event includes the Upstream Hill Climb, a timed bicycle ride up Squak Mountain.
The festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 6. For more information, go to salmondays.org.Staff report