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Festival organizers hoping for sun
by MATTHEW NASH
The water is flowing, the royalty’s crowns are shining and organizers say they are ready for the 116th
Sequim Irrigation Festival, running May 6-15.
Deon Kapetan, festival chairman, said everything is going fantastic and nearly ready to go.
“The things left are finalizing the grand parade lineup, getting all the dignitaries their vehicles, the River Center Run and setting up,” Kapetan said.
First weekend events, Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, for the festival include the Arts and Crafts Fair, Merchants Street Fair, Kids Day and Family Picnic, First Friday Art Walk, Sequim Arts Juried Art Show, the Sequim High School operetta “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Sequim Open Aire Market and Goldwing Motorcycle Display.
“The more events you can have the better it is for the festival and the community,” Kapetan said.
Shelli Robb-Kahler said her first festival as the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director has been a learning process despite attending the event since she was a girl. She said the chamber oversees all of the festival operations and has sold plenty of merchandise, answered phone calls and begun the final touches.
“We’re just praying for sunshine,” Robb-Kahler said.
Jeri Smith, officer administrator for the chamber, said the last-minute festival routine remains the same.
“There are vendors trying to get into the different events so we get them to the right contact people,” Smith said. “We’ve seen an increase in visitors, too, which might be attributed to the nice weather, too.”
The second weekend of the festival, Thursday, May 12, through Sunday, May 15, includes the carnival, Crazy Daze breakfast, Logging Show, Strongman Showdown, River Center Run, Kids Parade, Car Cruzz, Car Show ‘n Shine, grand parade and the continuing operetta.
Dan Fryer, grand parade chairman, said he is expecting 120-130 entries in the parade, which is similar to years past.
Kapetan said organizers wanted to make the carnival and festival in general more economically feasible for families. They’ve added more rides for a broader age range, she said, including a Ferris wheel and carousel — in tradition with this year’s theme.
The chamber is selling ride tickets through Wednesday, May 11, in the form of armbands that allow for unlimited rides for $20 per person.
At the carnival May 12-15, the armband costs $25.
For more information on Sequim’s Irrigation Festival, contact the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1192 E. Washington St., at 683-6197, or visit www.irrigationfestival.com.