The smiles, parades, fireworks, and the people came back for the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
“We had excellent attendance both weekends,” festival executive director Julianne Coonts said.
“Everything went well. We were happy to be back in person.”
Organizers brought most of the events back after two years without most in-person events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival’s 127th iteration featured the Crazy Callen Weekend May 6-8 and the Grand Finale Weekend, May 12-15.
Rain held off for a bulk of the first weekend’s events and wind wasn’t enough to hinder activities, Coonts said. Some of the activities included Crazy Daze Breakfast for Dinner, the Kids Parade, Family Fun Day and the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair.
With 92 entries in the Grand Parade on May 14, Coonts said they were close to past years’ participation levels.
“It was more than we expected,” she said.
Results for the parade are as follows:
• Mayor’s award, Clallam County Fair
• Chairman’s Award, Hoquiam Logging Festival
• President’s Award, Mason County Fair
• Governor’s Award, Fathoms Of Fun
• Commercial Float, Seventh-day Adventist Church
• Classic Cars, First 1960 Nash; second 1947 Cadillac; third Thunderbird
• Band, Tenino High School
• Patriotic, U.S. Marine Corps Patriotic Amphibious Vehicle
• Judge’s Special/Equestrian, Bower Blue Mountain Belgians
The Logging Show, featuring events May 13-14, had better than anticipated attendance, too, Coonts said, while the Fun Run last Saturday morning saw its most participants ever.
In the 5K run, Sequim’s Colin Feik took first at 20:24; followed by Tumwater’s Andrew Bowerly at 20:54. Sequim residents Eleanor Gould Jones placed third (21:06), Laura Gould, fourth (21:12), and Calvin Hutcheon fifth (21:49).
One more weekend
The Sequim High School operetta “Emma: A Pop Musical” ran both weekends of the festival and continues with shows this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 20-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 children at the door.
Organizers plan to bring back the carnival, car show and car parade next year.
Coonts said they’ll be discussing adding more events to enhance the festival with a tentative announcement close to the beginning of 2023.
The theme for the 128th festival will be announced in the upcoming Visitor’s Guide printed in the Sequim Gazette on May 25.
The festival royalty and their float is set to appear at several events this summer, including the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival on May 21, Shelton Forest Festival on June 4, and many more through October.
To volunteer, contact Amanda Cerutti at email@example.com.
Coonts said they thank everyone who helped the festival return with hundreds of volunteers helping in some capacity.
“The support of the community meant a lot to us,” she said.
“We also had a lot of the same sponsors and some new sponsors. We just really appreciate the support by both our sponsors, community and our volunteers.”
To volunteer and/or for updates, visit irrigationfestival.com.