SalmonFest Seattle sets its roots deep in the history of Seattle summer festivals, and for most of its 72 years was known as Lake City Pioneer Days. The original residents of this northeastern corner of the city held local summer gatherings where neighbors sold their quilts, jams and preserves on the sidewalk, games were staged for the kids and the crowds feasted together. It began as the Lake City Summer Festival but was changed to the Lake City Pioneer Days in 1947. The proceeds from that festival were donated to the Boys Club by the Lions Club, The Commercial Club and the Eagles Lodge. Six months after that the Commercial Club became known as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce which today is still part of the tradition.
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