I'm going to the Federal Way Salmon Bake today.

I checked the sponsor list and it looks something like this:

  • Evergreen Bank - $2,500
  • Sportman's Warehouse - $700
  • South King Firefighters Foundation - $500
  • Marlene's Market and Deli Natural Foods - $250
  • Rainier Pacific Bank - $250
  • Vilma's Signs - $250
  • Jim Chaffee (Scott's dad) - Hot dogs

I shouldn't knock Jimmy. He's strategic with the hot dogs, hitting the budget demographic. According to the event price list, a salmon dinner is $20 while the hot dog dinner is $5.

I bet the profit margin on hot dogs is much higher, too. According to a Tacoma News Tribune article yesterday, wild salmon prices range from $5.99 a pound for whole sockeye to $14 per pound for king fillets. How much does a dozen hot dogs cost? $4?

Jimmy's not a businessman. He's a business, man.

UPDATE: Sources close to Jimmy say he is also hosting the silent auction and raffle. Because of his unprecedented participation, locals call the event "Jimmy's Salmon Bake," hinting Jimmy is synonymous with Federal Way.