Grand Finale Weekend packs Irrigation Fest’s schedule

Car Cruise returns, carnival remains on hold

Another full slate of Sequim-centric events are set for the 128th Irrigation Festival’s Grand Finale Weekend, May 11-13.

The operetta “Anastasia” returns with its second and last set of shows Thursday-Saturday, and the Heritage Walking Tour strolls through downtown Sequim on Thursday.

The Logging Show, off Blake Avenue by Carrie Blake Community Park, runs both Friday and Saturday — including its Logger’s Ball from 7-10 p.m. on May 12. Fireworks will fill Sequim’s skies around 9:30 p.m.

After a brief hiatus, the Classic Cruise and Show comes back to Sequim’s streets May 13. Vehicles will travel east on Washington Street starting at 11 a.m. from the former JCPenney lot (651 Washington St.) to 250 Center Park Way. Vehicles will park at the lot until 4 p.m. for the car show. Judging for more than 20 awards, including five awards for motorcycles, takes place noon-4 p.m.

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The Grand Parade keeps its steady course from Dunlap Avenue to the JCPenney lot starting at noon on Saturday with about 100 entries anticipated to participate. As tradition, locals and visitors alike line Washington Street for the Car Cruise and parade to see floats, bands, dignitaries and more.

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Walking Tour

​​The Heritage Walking Tour, sponsored by Sequim Museum and Arts, takes participants on a short tour through downtown Sequim about its rich history at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. depending on turnout. Tours begin at the museum, 544 N. Sequim Ave. Tour is free with donations supporting the museum.


“Anastasia the Musical” hosts four shows for its final weekend: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, and 2 p.m. May 13, at the Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave. Get tickets at

Logging Show

Started in 1988 by Dave Bekkevar and Kevin Kennedy, the Logging Show joined forces with the festival around 2005 to continue showcasing Pacific Northwest loggers’ skills and techniques, festival organizers say.

Events on Friday run noon-10 p.m., including the Logger’s Ball from 7-10 p.m., and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, with the Logging Show starting at 2 p.m.

Some of the many events include: chainsaw races, mini-bike barrel races, tractor races, ax throwing, pole falling and spar pole climbing.

Organizers recognize Mark Becker as Honorary Logger this year, for serving as a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Logging Show.


The festival offers a shuttle from the Classic Cruise and Show to and from the Logging Show from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Organizers note the shuttle is not handicap-accessible.

Sequim Passport

The “Passport to Sequim” program continues through May 14 where locals can pick up a passport and shop small by visiting at least 10 of the 40-plus participating merchants for stamps.

Each business, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Op Farm and Garden has a passport.

Entries must be turned in by May 15 to the Co-Op with 10 winners of local prizes drawn on May 16.

No Carnival

Because of staffing issues in recent years for carnival companies, the festival will not host the carnival again.

“Despite our best efforts, the carnival companies do not have the staffing available to be able to provide a carnival for the festival,” festival organizers wrote. “We will continue to work on this each year, and hope we can get a carnival to come back.”

The carnival was one the largest fundraisers for the all-volunteer festival.

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Grand Finale Weekend

Thursday, May 11

• Historic Walking Tour, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. (if needed),

Sequim Museum and Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.

• “Anastasia the Musical,” 7 p.m. Sequim High School, 544 N. Sequim Ave.

Friday, May 12

• Logging Show (Truck and Tractor Pull), noon-5 p.m., Blake Property

• Logging Show, 5-10 p.m., Blake Property

• “Anastasia the Musical,” 7 p.m. SHS

• Logging Show (Logger’s Ball) 7-10 p.m., Blake Property

• Fireworks, around 9:30 p.m., Blake Property

Saturday, May 13

• Classic Cruise, 8-10 a.m. lineup/register, 11 a.m. drive, 651 W. Washington St.

• Classic Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 250 Center Park Way

• Logging Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blake Property

• Grand Parade, noon-2 p.m. along West Washington Street (staging at 120 N. Dunlap Ave.)

• “Anastasia the Musical,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SHS

2023 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade Lineup

Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club

Clallam County Fire District 3 and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Sequim Middle/High School bands

Sequim Masonic Lodge 213

Nile Shriners

Grand Marshall Susan Baritelle

Honored Pioneer Rena Mantle Blank

Honored Pioneer Myrna Mantle

Honored Pioneer Janis Schmuck Thomsen

Honored Pioneer Rick Godfrey

Jr. Royalty, Greywolf Princess Sophia Lopez and Prince Greyson Rhodes

Jr. Royalty, Helen Haller Princess Lynn Westman and Prince Grayson Castell

2022 Past Royalty Queen Isabella Williams and Princess Katherine Gould

2022 Past Royalty Princess Lauren Willis and Princess Ellie Turner

Button Designer Hope Walkowski

Kids Parade Winner Avani Welch

Sequim City Mayor Tom Ferrell

Sequim Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Sequim Irrigation Festival

Citizen of the Year David Blakeslee

Sound Community Bank, Grand Parade Sponsor

The Chimacum High School Cowboy Marching Band

Sequim Logging Show Honorary Logger Mark Becker

Antique Offroad Log Truck

Bekkevar Logging and Trucking

KSQM 91.5 FM Radio

The Lodge at Sherwood Village

Olympic View Band & Drill Team

Clallam County PUD

Capital Lakefair

Soroptimist International of Sequim

WAG Welfare for Animals Guild

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim High School Operetta Club Presents “Anastasia”

Sequim Prairie Grange #1108

Wild Wild Rhody

Straight Arrow Hauling

Sequim Little League

Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic

Belly Goat Wheelers

Bowers Blue Mountain Belgians

Back Country Horsemen

Sinclair Place Senior Living

Sequim Acrobatics

The Daffodil Festival

Olympic Disposal

ROD UTV Trail Riders/Tours

Dungeness Courte Memory Care

North Olympic Library System

Mason County Forest Festival

Glass Odyssey Corvette Club

Olympia School District Mega-Marching Band

Sequim High School Robotics Team

Sequim Wheelers

Sequim’s Rockin’ Realtor

Old Mill Cafe

Ruddell Auto

Borderline Dance Team

Women on Wheels (WoW)


Amphibious Landing Vehicle- 1955 Replica

American Legion, Jack Grennan, Post 62

First Fed Bank

Girl Scouts of Sequim

White Crane Martial Arts

Sequim High School FFA

Spoke Folk Cycling Club of Sequim

McCleary Bear Festival

Copy Cat Graphics & Signs

Faith Baptist Sequim

Pet Emergency Group

VFW Post 4760, Rick Leenstra

Boyd family 1935 John Deere tractor

Little Car Corner

Sequim Sunshine Festival

Alaska Pacific Trucking Inc

Washburn Services Stump Grinding

2023 Clallam County Fair Royalty

Miss Poulsbo 2023 Eleeyse Greenlaw, Miss Kitsap 2023 Kelsey Gotcher,

and Miss Silverdale 2023 Isabella Sio.

OMC Foundation Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby

Olympic Theatre Arts

Belly Goat Wheelers

Miss West Sound Scholarship Organization

Fathoms of Fun

Lewis Trucking

Hermann Brothers Logging & Construction, Inc.

Hoquiam Loggers Playday

IDGAF, Inc. construction

Enumclaw High School Band

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel

Box 3:

Classic Car Cruise and Show awards categories

• Best Street Rod Car/Pickup

• Best Import Car/Pickup

• Best Unfinished Car/Pickup

• Best 1940-1970 Pickup

• Best 1970-Present Pickup

• Best 1900-1949

• Best 1950 – 1959

• Best 1960 – 1969

• Best 1970 – 1979

• Best 1980 – 1989

• Best 1990 – 1999

• Best 2000 – Present

• Best Rat Rod

• Best Muscle Car

• Best Pony Car

• Best Corvette

• Best MOPAR

• Best Wagon

• Best Volkswagen

• Best Custom

• Best Convertible

• Sports car

Motorcycle awards

• Stock

• Custom

• Vintage

• Fixer Upper

• Old School Chopper

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
Members of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) walk and ride in the 2022 Grade Parade. This year’s Irrigation Festival Grand Parade starts at noon Saturday, May 13, and travels west on Washington Street.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell Members of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) walk and ride in the 2022 Grade Parade. This year’s Irrigation Festival Grand Parade starts at noon Saturday, May 13, and travels west on Washington Street.