It’s time for the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to Seattle, which means the Fishermen’s Fall Festival is just around the corner. The free festival is on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11am to 6pm in Fishermen’s Terminal (1900 W. Nickerson St), just over the Ballard Bridge.
The yearly festival is meant to increase the public’s knowledge about the fishing industry, and to help raise money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation. Run by over 200 volunteers, the festival offers hands-on projects for kids with fishing themes, plus wooden boat building and a trout pond.
And because no fish festival in Seattle is complete without a gelatinous, stinky fish-eating contest, there will be a Lutefisk Eating Competition at 2pm on the Seafood Demonstration Stage. If you’re good at eating contests but smelly fish isn’t your thing, there’s also an Oyster Slurp Contest at 3pm.
Back again is the salmon barbecue, with all proceeds going to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation. The Reptile Man will also make his yearly appearance, with his exotic reptile assortment from anacondas to lizards. There’s also a salmon fillet contest, and the always-popular survival suit races.
And as always, proceeds from the festival activities will be donated to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial to assist families of fishers lost at sea.
For a full line-up of activities and a schedule, visit the festival website.
Photo from the festival’s Instagram feed