The Salmon Days mascot, Sammy, waves to a boy during the 49th annual celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

The Salmon Days mascot, Sammy, waves to a boy during the 49th annual celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Issaquah’s Salmon Days in photos

The annual celebration attracted thousands from across the region.

Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days celebration went swimmingly over the weekend as thousands of festival-goers flocked to the city’s downtown core for music, food and a parade. The 49th annual event honoring the return of salmon to the Issaquah Creek was started in 1969 and has only grown since.

The celebration included a street fair full of vendors, multiple stages with live music and performers, a parade and a carnival located just down the road from main event at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The Redondos, a 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rock cover band, performs on the Mule Stage on Sunday at Issaquah’s Salmon Days celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

The Redondos, a 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rock cover band, performs on the Mule Stage on Sunday at Issaquah’s Salmon Days celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Migrating salmon are viewable from bridges on Issaquah Creek around the city during September and October as the fish make their way back upstream from the ocean to spawn. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Migrating salmon are viewable from bridges on Issaquah Creek around the city during September and October as the fish make their way back upstream from the ocean to spawn. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Jon Pressman, with Samijon’s Shaved Ice, makes one of the frozen treats during Issaquah’s Salmon Days celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Jon Pressman, with Samijon’s Shaved Ice, makes one of the frozen treats during Issaquah’s Salmon Days celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Candied cashews wait to be purchased from the Pike Place Nuts kiosk during Issaquah’s Salmon Days. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Candied cashews wait to be purchased from the Pike Place Nuts kiosk during Issaquah’s Salmon Days. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Dancers swing each other around to the sounds of The Redondos at the Salmon Days Mule Stage on Sunday. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Dancers swing each other around to the sounds of The Redondos at the Salmon Days Mule Stage on Sunday. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Thousands of people attended the 49th annual Issaquah Salmon days, which shut down Main Street during the celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Thousands of people attended the 49th annual Issaquah Salmon days, which shut down Main Street during the celebration. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

An employee makes elephant ears at Ray’s Elephant Ears on Sunday. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

An employee makes elephant ears at Ray’s Elephant Ears on Sunday. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Art was on display and for sale at Erik Swenson’s working shop at Salmon Days. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Art was on display and for sale at Erik Swenson’s working shop at Salmon Days. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Thrill seekers are raised up a carnival ride during Issaquah’s Salmon Days. The carnival was located at Issaquah Elementary School, down the road from the main festival. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Thrill seekers are raised up a carnival ride during Issaquah’s Salmon Days. The carnival was located at Issaquah Elementary School, down the road from the main festival. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

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