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Sequim was having fun through the Fourth for its centennial celebration.


Hundreds, possibly more than a 1,000 people, filed to the James Center for the Performing Arts and city streets for the Fourth of July Weekend Celebration.


First up was the Old Fashioned Town Picnic with live music, games and contests on the Fourth of July.


Picnic organizer Patsy Mattingley said volunteers worked hard on the free events, which turned out great.

“Those who attended had a wonderful time,” she said.


“The music was terrific, the visitors enthusiastic. They played games, showed off their beards and vintage hats, ate wonderful old fashioned weenies and drank root beer floats, filled up on cotton candy and fudge.”


Leading up to the event, Mattingley said she found a lot of people didn't know about the event and even though they had 1,000-1,500 people they could have hosted more.


The Street Dance of the Century shut down a portion of Sequim Avenue on July 5 for live music from Magic Bus and the Guy Johnson Band.


Hundreds of people poured into the streets for music, food and drinks to dance and chat into the early night. Beforehand, visitors took the city streets for the First Friday Art Walk.


City of Sequim officials working with the project were happy with both events' turnouts and estimate about 2,000 people attended.


“I received many comments about how much people enjoyed each event. I think people had a really great time,” said City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese.


Barbara Hanna, Sequim communications & marketing director, agrees.


“I heard a lot of positive comment at the picnic and at the street dance,” Hanna said. “It was great to see such a diverse crowd at both events.”


Both days featured a community photo, too.


The Centennial Celebration continues its presence at Lavender Weekend on July 19-21 with booths at the Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair and A Glazing Art tile decorating at the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire's Lavender in the Park.


The centennial ends November 2, which organizers are cementing details for now.


Kuznek-Reese said some people have generated interest in the events becoming annual, but she said this depends on individuals taking it on.


“There's still more celebrating to happen,” she said. “Though nothing like the July Fourth weekend.”


For more information on the centennial celebration, call 683-4139.

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