Terminal's Fall Festival honors fishing fleet heritage in Seattle

Since the city's beginnings, the fishing industry has played a crucial role in the economic and social development of Seattle, and that heritage will be honored Saturday, Sept. 11, at Fishermen's Terminal 16th annual Fishermen's Fall Festival.

The festival, which runs 11 a.m. to dusk, is a celebration of the local fishing fleet as well as a means of increasing public awareness and knowledge of the fishing industry and its importance to the economy. And in enjoying the waterfront fun, participants help support Seattle Fisherman's Memorial Committee.

Admission is free.

A number of activities are scheduled throughout the day (see sidebar), not least of which is an outdoor barbecue with a complete salmon dinner prepared by more than 50 volunteers from the fishing community and including Chinook's coleslaw, garlic bread, ice cream and something to slurp. The meal is $7, and for just a buck more you can add some buttery corn-on-the-cob.

There's also a hot dog barbecue for just $3.50, including chips, ice cream and soda.

The festival features plenty of children's activities, including an inflatable pirate ship, balloon sculptures, face painting, wooden boat building and lots of art projects. Also, C-ship modelers will display and demonstrate remote control tugboats, workboats and pleasure boats.

Folks can tour the Sea Explorer Scout Ships that will be docked at the terminal, and Seattle Fire Alki will hold a fire boat display on the waterfront for all to enjoy.

Numerous educational booths will be set up throughout the terminal, including booths from the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Nordic Heritage Museum, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union of the Pacific.

All proceeds from the festival benefit the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial Committee, which provides services to survivors of those lost at sea. The committee also sponsors various safety awareness programs and preserves and cares for the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal itself.

For more information on Fishermen's Fall Festival, visit www.seattlefishermens-memorial.org.[[In-content Ad]]