Sequim’s annual Irrigation Festival Grand Parade sees about 100 entries each year including the Sequim High School Marching Band, seen here in 2016’s parade. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Second Irrigation Festival weekend packed with fun, events

Building on a 122-year-old tradition, the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Grand Finale Weekend will commence Thursday and continue through the weekend.

Consistent with this year’s theme of “122 Skies of Blue,” the Grand Finale begins with a historical walking tour of downtown, followed by the carnival and the Sequim High School operetta “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Carnival wristbands are on sale now for unlimited rides at Sound Community Bank, KeyBank (Sequim/Port Angeles), Dungeness Kids Co., and the Visitor Information Center for $20 through May 11 and $25 at the event.

By Friday and Saturday, the festival is in full swing with events ranging from a strongman contest, golf tournament, fun run, car show, logging show and tractor pull to the Grand Parade.

This year’s Grand Parade beginning at noon Saturday is full with 105 entries and honors Grand Marshal Vern Fosket, Grand Pioneer Beverly Cays Hendrickson, Grand Pioneer Stephen Olts, Honorary Pioneer Norma Govan Knapman Topness and Honorary Pioneer Ron Parrish. Be sure to wave to this year’s royalty: Queen Karla Najera, Princess Alison Cobb, Princess Abby Norman and Princess Emily Straling on their aero-inspired float.

Just before the parade, festival goers can enjoy a lineup of classic cars and motorcycles as they cruise down Washington Street.

The 29th annual Logging Show is sure to entertain with scheduled competitions, including chainsaw carving, axe throwing, pole falling and hand bucking, among others. The Truck and Tractor Pull coincide with the logging show, as well as the annual Strongman Showdown where international competitors participate in axle lift, arm over arm truck pull, log press, tire flip, stone stack, dead lift and car lift.

Grand Finale Weekend:

Thursday, May 11

• Sequim History Walking Tour, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., leaves from the Sequim Museum, 175 W. Cedar St.

• Carnival, 5-9 p.m., Sequim High School’s athletic fields along Fir Street.

• “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” operetta, 7 p.m., Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Friday, May 12

• Golf tournament, 11 a.m., The Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road.

• Logging Show, Truck/Tracker Pull, noon-10 p.m., Blake Avenue lot.

• Carnival, 5-11 p.m., Sequim High School’s athletic fields along Fir Street.

• Strongman Showdown, 6-8 p.m., Blake Avenue lot.

• “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” operetta, 7 p.m., Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

• Fireworks 9:30-10:30 p.m., Blake Avenue lot.

Saturday, May 13

• Logging Show, Truck/Tractor Pull, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Blake Avenue lot.

• Irrigation Festival Fun Run, registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with run starting at 10 a.m., JCPenney’s parking lot, 651 W. Washington St.

• Hot Rods and Harleys Show n’ Cruz, 10:45-11:45 a.m., downtown Sequim prior to Grand Parade.

• Grand Parade, noon, downtown Sequim

• Car Show, noon-4 p.m., Walmart, 1284 W. Washington St.

• Carnival, noon-11 p.m., Sequim High School’s athletic fields along Fir Street.

• “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” operetta, 7 p.m., Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Sunday, May 14

• Carnival, noon-5 p.m., Sequim High School’s athletic fields along Fir Street.

See the event’s program at

2017 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade Lineup

1. Tenino Motorcycle Club

2. Rotary Club of Sequim

3. Sequim Sunrise Rotary Flags

4. Clallam County PUD #1

5. Clallam County Chain Gang

6. Clallam County Relay for Life

7. Sequim’s Little Explorers

8. Sequim Valley Lions

9. The Lodge at Sherwood Village

10. Shriners

11. Sudzy Dogz

12. Olympic Theatre Arts

13. KSQM

14. Grand Marshal Vern Fosket

15. Sequim High School Marching Band

16. Grand Pioneer Beverly Cays Hendrickson

17. Grand Pioneer Stephan Olts

18. Honorary Pioneer Norma Govan Knapman Topness

19. Honoray Pioneer Ron Parrish

20. Citizen of the Year Dave Bekkevar

21. Junior Royalty, Greywolf — Ainsley Short and Malachi Samson Byrne

22. Junior Royalty, Helen Haller — Ava Lawless and Warren Nichols

23. 2016 Past Royalty — Queen Victoria Hall and Princess Tatum Jenson

24. 2016 Past Royalty — Princess Hailey Kapetan and Princess Dana Nguyen

25. Button Designer — Madison White

26. Mrs. America — Natalie Luttmer

27. Mrs. America — 3 delegates

28. Sound Community Bank

29. Irrigation Festival Royalty float

30. Sequim Truck

31. Port Angeles High School Marching Band

32. Sequim Library

33. Country Temptations

34. First Baptist Church

35. Korean War Veterans — Olympic Peninsula Chapter #310

36. Forks Old Fashioned Fourth of July Float

37. American Legion — Jack Grennan Post 62

38. Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild

39. Discovery Memory Care

40. Anytime Fitness–Sequim

41. Seattle Seahawk Fanbulance

42. The Co-op Farm and Garden

43. Antique Sports Vehicle

44. Sherwood Assisted Living

45. Sequim Pressure Washing

46. 1941 John Deere tractor

47. Chimacum High School Band

48. Sequim Boys & Girls Club

49. Sequim Robotics Federation

50. Back Country Horseman of Washington — Peninsula Chapter

51. Thank You Sequim

52. Sequim High School Cheer Squad

53. Hamilton Unicycle Team

54. Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic

55. Olympic Disposal

56. Marysville Strawberry Festival

57. Ferrellgas Sequim

58. Bibity Bobity

59. Avamere Olympic Rehab of Sequim

60. The Olympic View Music Boosters Marching Band

61. Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County

62. Clallam County Fair Royalty

63. Clallam County Fair Junior Royalty

64. My Choices Mobile Medical Center

65. Olympic Ambulance of Clallam County

66. Rockin’ Around the Sound

67. Vienna Baron — 1953 Golden Jubilee Tractor

68. Sequim Acrobatics

69. Girl Scouts of Sequim

70. Glass Odyssey Corvette Club

71. Erik Minor — Marine Corps League

72. Lakeside Lowboy and Trailer

73. Lakeside Car — Dodge Dart

74. Sequim Middle School Marching Band

75. Great Clips

76. White Crane Martial Arts

77. Gilgal Oasis RV Park

78. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

79. Drama, a miniature therapy

80. Miss Poulsbo

81. Miss Kitsap

82. Miss Silverdale

83. Jefferson County — Rhododendron Festival

84. 1928 Roadster Pickup — Robert Rose

85. Boy Scout Troop 90

86. Mt. Olympus Marine Corps

87. Sequim Rainbow Assembly

88. Port Townsend High School Marching Band

89. Service Pro of Clallam/Jefferson Co.

90. Mexican Community of Sequim

91. Najera Landscaping

92. First Federal

93. Tiny Homes

94. Soroptimist Celebrating 70 years

95. McCleary Bear Festival

96. Prepare the way of the Lord

97. New Dungeness Light Station Association

98. Sequim Fresh Catering

99. Miss Westsound Scholarship Program

100. Miss Westsound Scholarship Program

101. Bekkevar Logging and Trucking — mini-log truck

102. Aspire Academy of Expressive Art

103. Hoquiam Loggers Playday

104. Sequim Health & Rehabilitation

105. Oakes Logging

‘Music in the Skies of Blue’

Judy Clark returns from performing in Seattle to headline a music festival at the 2017 Sequim Irrigation Festival celebrating “Music in the Skies of Blue.” The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the gazebo at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. Clark will follow the Port Angeles band Ruin, who performs authentic celtic style music, and international guitarist singer-songwriter David Read. The event, co-sponsored by the lavender Jazz and Blues Society and 1st Security Bank in Sequim, is free and open to all ages.

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