We didn’t venture very far to our first stop on Betty’s Big Adventure, only 73 miles to the East King County Washington town of Issaquah. We used to live in Issaquah, 25 years ago, and we still have friends here. But we rarely get here to visit.
The town has changed tremendously in 25 years – the traffic is crazy. It’s no longer the sweet little town I remember. But that said, there are some really wonderful things here, and if you live anywhere near I highly recommend you come to visit the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
From September and well into November the Issaquah Creek hosts the return of the salmon to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery is the only Washington State Hatchery within a city limits, so is unique in its easy access for the public. The Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is a non-profit organization that works with the State DFWL to create an amazing interpretive, educational and artistic experience for visitors, young and old, to the hatchery. We had so much fun visiting today – it really is remarkable.
Issaquah has fully embraced the salmon as part of the community culture and throughout the town you will find businesses using salmon logos, schools decorated with kid salmon art, salmon sculptures and even businesses with salmon in their name.
The main event of the year is the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, held the first weekend of October every year (October 1-2, 2016). The event draws tens of thousands of people with music, food, arts & crafts, a parade and most importantly, THE SALMON.
This is the 46th annual festival this year, and it is, in my opinion, the best festival in the State of Washington.
Check it out – Fabulous!