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Fall City’s Fish Fest to clean community, hunt for treasure | Photo Gallery
Treasure seekers, get ready for a day on the river this Saturday, when Fall City’s Fish Festival begins.
This second annual event, sponsored by Fall City Arts, combines the community service of cleaning up the Snoqualmie’s riverbanks with the thrill of a treasure hunt for about 100 pieces of hand-made art, and, this year, a bit of adventure.
“We will spread our treasure hunt to the other side (of the river), and people who are willing to go across in a canoe can search over there,” said Sharlet Driggs, Fall City Arts co-president.
Canoes from the Snoqualmie Carvers will be on display, and in use during the day, both to ferry people across the river and to assist scuba diver Charles Frederick, who will be scouring the river bottom for trash he can safely bring up.
Last year, Driggs said, “More was brought up from the bottom of the river than was found on the banks,” with still more down there. Driggs said Frederick told her last year, “there’s basically a mining job down there, bottles and cans and things that don’t break down.”
Above the water, searchers will still be looking for treasure as they comb through the trash, but this year’s art will be distributed differently. Numbered river rocks, artistically drawn on, will stand in for the actual art pieces on the riverbanks. The markers can be turned in at a booth on main drag for the correspondingly-numbered art piece, to simplify things for the organizers and volunteers helping out for the day.
Art pieces this year include more of the popular glass pumpkins, mosaic rocks, copper leaves, and downsized wooden canoes. There will also be hand-painted herons, done by community members at various events. Some of the herons and other art pieces will also be included in a silent auction going on during the day. Several vendors will also be on hand during the festival, which officially starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. To learn more, or volunteer, visit www.fallcityarts.com.
Hand-made mosaic rocks from Catherine Thompson are one of the treasures that await participants at the Fall City Fish Festival Saturday.
Deby Harvey’s copper leaves will be part of the treasure hunt.
Cynthia Gerdes’ crow is one of 10 encaustic paintings she has provided for the Fish Festival hunt.
In keeping with an unofficial bird theme for this year’s Fish Festival, local artist Miska is supplying 10 paintings of roosters and chickens.
Hand-painted herons will be included in the treasure hunt as well as the silent auction Saturday.
Lots of families and community members turned out for last year’s first Fish Festival, shown here.
Snoqualmie carvers used their canoe last year to assist SCUBA divers clean up the river bottom.