Smiles beamed along with the sunshine for the Grand Finale of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
As Washington state’s longest continuous festival, Sequim celebrated its 124th year for bringing irrigation waters from the Dungeness River to area farmers with the theme, “There’s No Place Like Home.”
For its final weekend May 9-12, organizers offered a carnival, parade, car show and cruise, logging show, strongman competition, fun run/walk and more.
“Everything went great,” said Deon Kapetan, Sequim Irrigation Festival executive director. “I think we had a fantastic turnout especially on the parade route. The weather always helps with that.”
Kapetan said the Grand Parade on May 11 saw one of its largest turnouts in recent years with 136 entries.
“We had quite a few bands this year, which was great because each year it seemed there was a downturn because of different schools’ funding being cut for travel,” she said.
“We also had more floats this year along with some great local entries. It’s nice to have more local stuff. Everyone wants to see their family members.”
Based on “The Wizard of Oz,” the festival’s royalty float worked well too with a new donated generator; the original was stolen in April.
Following their hometown parade, Sequim’s royalty have 14 more parades to visit this summer, Kapetan said.
Results from several festival events were still being compiled by press time, so look for full results in the May 22 edition and at www.irrigationfestival.com.
Festival organizers say they are always looking for new volunteers, committee members and float builders. A volunteer sheet is available on the website or by emailing to email@example.com.
Kapetan said volunteers continue to run the festival and that “if you see one of our volunteers or many community service members, say, ‘Thank you.’ They did an amazing job.”
Next year’s 125th festival runs May 1-10, 2020, and already has a tag line: “125 the Fields are Alive.” Board members will decide on a storyline for the festival in June, too.
As tradition, the Sequim High School’s operetta closes out the festival with this year’s show “Legally Blonde” running at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and 2 p.m. May 18-19. Tickets available at the door and online at shsoperetta.ludus.com.
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