Less than two weeks after finishing its 120th event, the Sequim Irrigation Festival earned another milestone this week.
KING 5’s “Evening Magazine” program aired a segment on May 19, naming the festival Washington’s “Best Small Town Celebration.”
Supporters voted online March 30-April 24 to give the festival the edge over 62 other candidates across the state as part of the 2015 Best Northwest Escapes contest.
“(The festival) is the best kept secret that’s not so much of a secret anymore,” festival director Deon Kapetan said. In the segment, current and past royalty, along with Grand Pioneer Helen Bucher, talk about the history of the festival and the importance of water.
This year, the Irrigation Festival was held May 1-10 and included familiar events like the Crazy Daze Breakfast, Street Fair, Logging Show, Car Cruzz and Show and the Grand Parade.
An anonymous supporter nominated the festival, Kapetan said, and festival organizers promoted the contest through social media and local service groups.
“Word got around pretty fast,” Kapetan said. “We’re excited that our little town got the coverage. It also reinforces what we’re doing with the board (of directors) that what we’re doing is right.”
Many of the events this year were well-received and saw record attendance, festival organizers reported at festival’s end. Kapetan said she expects the same trend for the 121st year, which organizers begin planning in June.
“There are a lot of out-of-towners coming to visit, which we know because we’ve had a lot of requests for where things are held like the logging show,” she said.
For more on the festival, see irrigationfestival.com.