Blake Bacchus makes a throw in the ring toss as his brothers Nolan and Roman wait their turn at the 2018 carnival. It continues this year May 9-12. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Blake Bacchus makes a throw in the ring toss as his brothers Nolan and Roman wait their turn at the 2018 carnival. It continues this year May 9-12. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Fun in the sun set for Irrigation Festival’s 124th year

Sunny skies should help usher in the second weekend in a row for the Sequim Irrigation Festival.

Following Crazy Callen Weekend, more favorites return for the Grand Finale Weekend May 9-12 including the Grand Parade, Logging Show and Carnival.

“Typically when it’s nice out, we have a better turnout,” festival Executive Director Deon Kapetan said.

Find a full festival schedule at www., or in the festival’s official guide found around town.

This year marks the 124th Irrigation Festival with “The Wizard of Oz” theme, “There’s No Place like Home.” It remains Washington’s longest continuous festival.

Walking Tour

Festivities begin Thursday, May 9, with the Sequim Museum & Arts’ downtown Historic Walking Tour at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. if there’s an overflow from the morning tour at 175 W. Cedar St.


Later that night, Davis Shows Northwest opens its Carnival from 5-9 p.m. on the Sequim High School softball fields.

Wristbands for unlimited rides are available at a discount of $22 through Thursday afternoon at multiple Sequim retailers, including Sound Community Bank, Key Bank, Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce and Dungeness Kids Co. At the carnival, wristbands cost $27 each.

After opening Thursday, the carnival opens 5-11 p.m. Friday, May 10; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, May 11; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, with moms riding free (celebrating Mother’s Day).

Erin Murray shows of some strength at last year’s Irrigation Festival Strongman Competition. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Erin Murray shows of some strength at last year’s Irrigation Festival Strongman Competition. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Logging Show, Strongman

This year marks the 31st-annual Logging Show, with events running all day Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, with food, vendors and an early gas engine display setup nearby on the field off Blake Avenue south of Carrie Blake Community Park.

On Friday, truck and tractor pulls go from noon-6 p.m. with a beer garden open 5-11 p.m. and chainsaw carving going noon-7 p.m.

The Strongman Competition runs 4-6 p.m. on the Logging Show main stage followed by the Lumberjack Ball with the Craig and Terry Band from 6-8 p.m. For more on fireworks, see below.

The Logging Show takes center stage 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with axe throwing, pole falling, power saws and more. Tractor pulls also continue 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday along with chainsaw carving 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the beer garden noon-7 p.m. For more information, email to


Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, and last for 10-15 minutes.

Kapetan encourages pet owners to check with their veterinarians to discuss options if their pets are sensitive to loud noises. Kapetan also encourages community members sensitive to loud noises to consider options to lessen the noise for that span, too.

Golf Tournament

In conjunction with the festival, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula hosts its annual Golf Tournament at the Cedars at Dungeness. The four-person scramble begins at 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, with check-in beginning at 11 a.m. Player packages begin at $100 with promotions available from Janet Gray at 360-683-8095 or or go online to under the “events” tab.

Sequim’s Eleanor Jones edges mom Laura Gould at the finish line of the 1-mile version of the 2018 Irrigation Festival Fun Run. It was Jones’ first road race. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Eleanor Jones edges mom Laura Gould at the finish line of the 1-mile version of the 2018 Irrigation Festival Fun Run. It was Jones’ first road race. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Fun Run and walk

The Irrigation Festival’s Fun Run continues its annual 5K race along with its second year for a 1 mile walk/dash, set fro Saturday, May 11. For both events, racers will start at JCPenney and travel down Washington Street with runners turning at the Shipley Center for the 5K and walkers/runners turning at the intersection of Washington Street and Third Avenue for the 1K. Races begin at 10 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the JCPenney parking lot, 651 W. Washington St. Cost is $30. For more information or to register, call 360-582-7039 or email

Car Show n’ Cruzz

The Hot Rods and Harleys Show N’ Cruzz cruises into its 16th year with more than 200 vehicles participating last year. Vehicle staging for the cruise along Washington Street begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Evergreen Collision, 703 E. Washington St., followed by the parade at 10:45 a.m. driving towards Sequim Walmart, 1110 W. Washington St.

Registration for the Car Show ‘n Shine at Walmart begins at 9 a.m. outside the store with awards at 4 p.m. It costs $20 to register for both events the day of the show or $15 if attendees register by 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, to Randy Perry at Sequim Shoe Repair, 425 E. Washington St. Suite 5.

Grand Parade

This year, more than 120 entries highlight the festival’s Grand Parade with princesses, bands and many more strumming and waving along Washington Street starting at noon on Saturday, May 11.

The parade spans from the intersection of North Dunlap Avenue and Washington Street to just before Seventh Avenue. Many people stake out spots the night before with duct tape and lawn chairs or early in the morning to catch the Fun Run, Car Cruzz and parade. Water will be available for parade participants at the start and end of the parade.


The Sequim High School’s operetta “Legally Blonde” continues for the second weekend with shows at 7 p.m. May 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. May 12, at the Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave. Shows continue the following weekend at 7 p.m. May 17 and 2 p.m. May 18-19. Tickets available at the door and online

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Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

2019 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade Lineup

Noon, Saturday, May 11

1 Sequim Rotary Flags

2 Korean War Veterans Association

3 Raise the Flag

4 Marine Corps League No. 897

5 American Legion, Jack Grennan, Post 62

6 Knight Heating and Cooling

7 Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance

8 Sequim Wheelers

9 Girl Scouts of Sequim

10 Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG)

11 Sequim High School Marching Band

12-16 Festival pioneers

17 Citizens of the Year

18-19 Junior Royalty

20 2018 Past Royalty

21 Special Olympics Queen

22 Button Designer

23 Kids Parade Winner

24 Congressman Derek Kilmer

25 Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith

26 Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

27 Honorary Logger Don McFarland

28-29 Irrigation Festival float and truck

30 Sound Community Bank

31 The Lodge at Sherwood Village

32 5th Avenue

33 Sherwood Assisted Living

34 Borderline DNW Country Dance Team

35 Discovering Lost Treasures under the Sea

36 Town and Country Real Estate

37 Arbor’s Edge Tree Service

38 “God is Bigger”

39 The Co‐op Farm and Garden

40 1951 Tractor and 1948 Tractor

41 Dungeness Courte Memory Care

42 Hoquiam Loggers Playday Court

43 Lovely Loretts and Art Jam

44 Corgi’s Royal Court

45 First Federal

46 Sequim Fresh Catering

47 Nile Shriners International

48 Aspire Academy

49 Wheels of Boom

50 Dungeness Bay Seahawks Booster Club

51 Bill’s Plumbing and Sanikan INC

52 The Greatest Rhody

53 Lincoln Park BMX

54 Anomaly Event Transport

55 Hamilton Hot Wheels

56 Olympic Disposal

57 RJ Services INC

58 Sequim Valley Lions Club

59 All in One Services

60 ServePro of Clallam and Jefferson County

61 White Crane Martial Arts

62 Port Angeles High School Band and Cheer

63 Olympic Ambulance

64 Marysville Strawberry Festival

65 Clowning Around

66 Sudzy Dogz

67 Tacoma Daffodil Festival

68 Glass Odyssey Corvette Club

69 West End Thunder Drag Racing

70 Blue Heron Middle School Band

71 Toto Gets a Check Up

72 Little Car Corner

73 Sequim’s Rockin Realtor

74 Olympic Theatre Arts

75 Olympic View Marching Band

76 Clallam County Fire District 3

77 Miss Poulsbo 2019

78 Miss Kitsap 2019

79 Miss Silverdale 2019

80 Miss West Sound

81 Mrs. Washington America

82 Mrs. Spokane County/Mrs Tacoma

83 Mrs. Spokane/Mrs Pierce County

84 Mrs. Renton/Mrs Mason County

85 Mrs. Poulsbo/Mrs JBLM

86 Mrs. Kitsap Peninsula

87 Miss Spokane for America/Miss Sequim for America

88 Top Shelf Wheelers ORC


90 First Baptist Church

91 Prepare the Way of the Lord

92 Clallam County Fair Royalty

93 Barriers for Brooke

94 Sequim Middle School Band

95 Peninsula Behavior Health

96 Ferrell Gas

97 Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

98 Boys & Girls Club bus

99 Sequim High Operetta

100 Chimacum High School Band

101 New Dungeness Lighthouse

102 John Deere Tractor

103 Adams Roofing LLC

104 Avamere Olympic Rehab of Sequim

105 Pampered Pork

106 Bremerton High School Drill Team

107 Bremerton High School Band

108 Capital Lake Fair

109 Sequim Youth Basketball

110 Sequim Acrobatics

111 Back Country Horsemen of Washington ‐ Peninsula Chapter

112 Heidi’s Mobile Style

113 Sequim Pressure Washing

114 Sumner High School Spartan Marching Band

115 Storm King Soccer

116 Sequim Robotics Federation

117 Mason County Forest Festival

118 Washington Midsummer Renaissance Fair

119 Clallam PUD

120 Sequim High School FFA

121 Olympic Thunder Cheer

122 DVHWC Sequim Free Clinic

123 Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County

124 Payne Trucking

125 Browning and Browning

126 The Good Brother Trucking

127 Alaska Pacific Trucking

128 Hot Rod Log Trucks

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