SeafoodFest still needs volunteers

This weekend is the Ballard SeafoodFest and organizers are still looking for volunteers. Joanne Orsucci emailed us, “Everyone that volunteers receives a free famous SeafoodFest Salmon BBQ dinner as well as the pride that comes along with being a Viking for a day!” The specific shifts are:

Ambassadors – Sunday 1:30-4 p.m.
Salmon BBQ – Sunday 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Ice Wranglers – Saturday & Sunday afternoon shifts
Festival Tear-Down – Sun 6-9 p.m.

There are some other miscellaneous shifts as well. The deadline to sign up is this Wednesday at noon. You can reach Joanne at 206.789.6064 or seafoodfestvolunteer@hotmail.com.


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drive_that_stretch
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drive_that_stretch

Hey Chamber when you need volunteers call the Ballard Industrial crowd. You scratched their back, let them pony it on up and scratch yours.

Billy
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Billy

Grow up….

JohnnyGF
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JohnnyGF

I love Ballard and I love the idea of a “Seafood Fest” My wife and I have been very dissapointed over the last many years with the lack of focus on seafood at the festival. Other than the Salmon BBQ and a few other small items, the Seafood Fest is just another Seattle streetfair with the same old vendors and activities. Considering that we live in one of the most vibrant marine communities in this country and Ballard is the community most strongly connected to the natural fisheries and the commercial fishing industry in Seattle, the Ballard Seafood Fest should be a much bigger celebration of the cultural and environmental connection we have to our local marine resources. Why not have tours of Fishermans Terminal, the dry docks where boats like the Northwestern hang, real fisherman telling stories, crab, muscles, oysters, salmon, salmon, salmon! Aren't we getting tired of the same ethnic booths that appear in every other festival in every other Seattle Neighborhood? If Ballard is going to continue this tradition, let's do it right. I am very proud of Ballard's heritage but it just seems like the Seafood Fest is not representing it the best it can. WE… Read more »

mickey
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mickey

I just called to volunteer for the seafood fest. Yummy Salmon BBQ!

And may I say that, as a writer, musician and painter, I find it weirdly exciting to be considered an industrialist!

Ernie
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Ernie

Johnny,

Have you been to the Fisherman's Fall Festival at Fisherman's Terminal before? If not you should check it out this year, it might be more like what you're looking for.

It is a fundraiser for the Seattle Fisherman's Memorial and it is put on almost entirely by volunteers from the fishing industry. I think it's usually at the end of Sept or early Oct.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I've never heard of this either Ernie. What kind of Ballardite am I? Thanks for the info.

motorrad
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motorrad

Time for the Industries like SBS$G and Ballard Oil to actually do something for the local community. I won't be volunteering, let them do it. And I won't be spending money. It is interesting that the Marine industries haven't been bothered to come and take part. Their lack of participation in the event and community is telling. As JGF said, it is just another street fair with nothing making it unique to Ballard and it's great Industrial and historical history. Those industries can't be bothered . As stated in forums and comments, local resident's support is inconsequential to their business. Seems they just want our public easements and for us to stay out of their way. I just hope the Bikers really consider some of the issues before volunteering and supporting the organization behind SFF.

eddiek
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eddiek

I think I will be volunteering for cascade bicycle club this year.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

“Time for the Industries like SBS$G and Ballard Oil to actually do something for the local community.”
yeah, it'd be nice if they employed folks, paid taxes, and provided a service to the community, for a change… (sarcasm for those clueless)
I'm not a Chamber member, I'm not a seafood fest participant or volunteer, yet, but I understand the importance of community events.
Please, walk right past the blockade of angry cyclists, and enjoy a community event, diverse as it is.
Sorry if this post angers anyone.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Don't be too hard on yourself, it's not so heavily advertised. I know about it only because of where we get our salmon. Very good, btw.

Ernie
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Ernie

“It is interesting that the Marine industries haven't been bothered to come and take part”

SBS&G is a sponsor of Seafood Fest, Ballard Oil and it's employee's build the fire pits and cook ALL the salmon for the salmon bake, and I believe that Trident donates the fish.

I agree that the trail should be built through Shilshole, but you can't accuse these business' of not “doing anything for the local community”

ballardgiant
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ballardgiant

Motorrad,
Good! Stay home. One less loud-mouthed, selfish cyclist bitching about being wronged by tax paying businesses that have been building this community before you were born.

No marine industries bother to take part????
Trident Seafoods gives thousands of pounds of salmon to the event.
Also several marine based businesses donate their time and money to the event.
Alaskan Crab Coalition
Glacier Fish Company
Boat Insurance Agency, Inc
Port of Seattle
Ballard Auto/Vessel Licensing Agency
Jensen Maritime Consultants
Pacific Fishermen
Etc.

I am not saying that all (or even most) cyclists are as whiny as motorrad. I too ride to work in downtown about 3 times a week in the spring and summer. (I bus it in for safety when it's dark out during commuting hours in the winter and fall)I volunteer at SeafoodFest because it is a community event. I like to support the local economy.

I think energy would be better spent volunteering for a cause that you care for rather that bitching about a 35 year old tradition that benefits our economy. (businesses, artists, etc.)

So stay home motorrad; thousands of people will not miss seeing you there.

Ernie
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Ernie

Chopper's right, it's never advertised well enough, I'm sure cost is the issue.

I'll try to remember to tip off the Geeky Swedes well before the date. At least then us cool MyBallard folks will know!

MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

They will be walking around with a petition to finish the Missing Link at the Seafood Fest. They would gladly accept the help of volunteers.

Billy
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Billy

Grow up…..

NormFox
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NormFox

Please do. We've always had a good time at Seafood Fest but it's always struck me as just another one of Seattle's summer street fairs as well. A festival actually centered around seafood sounds awesome!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

That's much better. I'll sign that petition, Michael Snyder. Either day I'm enjoying the Fest.

mickey
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mickey

Thank you for posting the list of marine businesses contributing and/or participating.

Facts do matter.

motorrad
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motorrad

REALLY? Glad to see I was wrong about SBS$G and Ballard Oil just greasing with a little cash and that there is actually personal time being given. So if I walk by I will actually get to see and possibly meet people spearheading the opposition? That would be a pleasant surprise. No I am not being snarky or sarcastic. Even though I would rather not be inconvenienced by this event (in my whiniest voice) and I really wish it were held in a different part of Ballard, maybe in the area between Yankee and Ballard Oil, I certainly do not begrudge Fest Fans. Blocking Market and Leary is just STUPID in my eyes. But I don't expect others to live as I do. I try to compromise. I try to accommodate other's needs. BTW, my interest in getting the trail finished is fueled as much if not more, by the car driver in me. Get as many bikes off the road and out of my way. So this loud-mouthed, selfish cyclist won't be spending money at the Fest in a quiet protest. As for supporting the local economy, I am hoping that the crowd will stay on the street and… Read more »

SweetRose
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SweetRose

I doubt too many of the 'new Ballard elite' would be interested. There is no beer garden.

great idea
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great idea

Billy,
do you have anything else to say other than “grow up” to posts you disagree with? are you already drunk or somethin'?

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Who is this 'new Ballard elite' of which you speak? Old Ballard broads like beer gardens too. Besides, there's always the Lockspot to quench the thirst.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

So, anyone who does anything in Ballard expects a beer garden for their efforts?
Sometimes you have to invent folks to despise, huh.
Besides, the flask was invented for just such a purpose ;-)

Ernie
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Ernie

If you go to the Salmon Bake you will see and possibly meet the owner and many of the employees of Ballard Oil.

I dare you to talk to them the way you talk to the rest of us.

mickey
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mickey

“Anti-path hatefullness”?

Do the bicycle extremists have to hijack every comment thread?