26th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival

Seattle Fisherman's Memorial, Fisherman's Terminal

Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial, Fisherman’s Terminal

What does a Lutefisk Eating Contest, Japanese Drummers, International Guild Of Knot Tyers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Wooden Boat Building and more seafood than most people can dream of have in common??

The Fall Fisherman’s Festival celebrating the return of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, this year the Fisherman’s Terminal is celebrating 100 years of serving the Commercial Fishing Fleet held last weekend.

Fisherman’s Terminal was alive Saturday October 4, 2014 with kids of all ages from very young to WW II veterans, entire families out enjoying a great weather day and activities for every interest.  The International Guild of Knot Tyers (yes that is a real group), the Pacific Americas Branch had a booth with hundreds of fancy knots, demos on how to make a door mat or make your own Turk’s Head  bracelet.

Wooden Boat building for kids of all ages making model boats.  Balloon Sculpture, Face Painting, you could learn about the Nordic Heritage of the area (no you did not need to be Nordic to learn), Ship Models, vessels from the Deadliest Catch were in attendance, a Trout Pond where you could catch your fresh dinner.  Also having booths were NOAA, Port of Seattle, Sea Scouts and dozens more.

Food, did I mention food?  BBQ Salmon (long line all day), Alaska Cod Tacos (tasted great), Alaska Bairdi Crab Melts and several other fine foods to choose from, and don’t forget the Beer Garden with enough local offerings to keep one busy all afternoon.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark in the background, behind the Coast Guard Auxiliary Booth, that looked like part of the Sea Scouts.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark in the background, behind the Coast Guard Auxiliary Booth, that looked like part of the Sea Scouts.

The Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark was there giving tours again, there was a line at the gang plank all day, I ask one of the crew members what the count was and they said someone estimated over 1,000 visitors.  Some of the crew members participated in the Survival Suit Races, placing a very respectable third.  The Coast Guard also did a Helicopter Demo, lowering their rescue swimmer into the marina water then retrieving the swimmer.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary had a booth next to the Blue Shark, the Sea Scout’s sign made the CG Auxiliary look like they were part of the Sea Scouts, but the Sea Scouts helped set up the CG Auxiliary tent, so all was forgiven.

And finally lets not forget the Fisherman’s Memorial, over 675 names on the memorial attest to the danger of commercial fishing.  Commercial fishing is safer now than when I worked in the salmon canning industry, thanks to the efforts of many groups over many years.  Proceeds from the Fisherman’s Fall Festival went to benefit the Fisherman’s Memorial Fund to help improve commercial fishing safety, with education, scholarships, training and support of those that have lost friends and relatives to commercial fishing.

The Festival is a family friendly event with something for people of all ages to do.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial, a fund dedicated to helping fisherman stay safe and help those that have lost loved ones.

 – C / M –

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