With emcee Stephen Rosales serving as virtual guide, the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade-turned-Procession makes its way through downtown Sequim Saturday afternoon. Festival royalty includes, from left, princesses Allie Gale and Zoee Kuperus, float builder Guy Horton, princess Sydney VanProyen and queen Hannah Hampton. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

With emcee Stephen Rosales serving as virtual guide, the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade-turned-Procession makes its way through downtown Sequim Saturday afternoon. Festival royalty includes, from left, princesses Allie Gale and Zoee Kuperus, float builder Guy Horton, princess Sydney VanProyen and queen Hannah Hampton. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Irrigation Festival turns 126

And the fest goes on …

Sequim celebrated its civic pride this past weekend with a slew of online events combined with an Innovative Arts and Crafts festival and a parade-turned-procession to celebrate the annual Sequim irrigation Festival on Saturday, May 8.

See more photos here.

Julianne Coonts, the festival’s first-year volunteer executive director, said the day of events went well.

“We had a lot of positive feedback and we were able to get all of our events out there,” she said. “We had more participation virtually this year than last year, too.”

This was the second year for the festival turning to virtual events following COVID-19 protocols and concerns.

Coonts said there were some inquiries about events not being in-person, but because of permit deadlines, state health guidelines and the need for more volunteers, organizers opted to keep most events virtual.

“At this point, we are looking forward to a full, live festival next year,” she said. “We might have to pivot, but those kinds of decisions will be made by the end of February (2022) to see where we’re at.”

For the in-person events, the Arts and Crafts festival joined the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market on Saturday, and the procession route wasn’t revealed until Friday, May 7, so as not to promote large gatherings.

There was still a good turnout around the City of Sequim, Coonts said, with “quite a few people coming out to watch with a lot thumbs up and honking and waving.”

Sequim continued its streak for the 126th year as the most continuous festival with the theme “A Place for You to Rome.” Coonts said planning is underway for the 127th festival set for the first two weekends of May 2022 with its theme to be revealed at a later date.

Organizers are exploring a downtown street dance, offering more distance options with the Fun Run, keeping a scavenger hunt as part of the Family Fun Day, and many other ideas, Coonts said.

“We learned a lot from virtual events,” she said. “We found some real positives and maybe there are some things we can continue to implement.”

Another idea is making the royalty scholarship pageant a hybrid in-person/virtual event so people who are unable to attend can see it from afar.

With the festival an all-volunteer effort, Coonts said they’re always seeking volunteers and event chair people, such as for the Crazy Daze Breakfast, Fun Run and float construction.

“There’s a lot of support surrounding these positions, and space for someone to volunteer if they don’t want to chair something,” she said.

For her first year as director, Coonts said she had a lot of support from the festival’s organizers and “everybody was so warm and gracious and open.”

“I really want to thank the community for coming together and supporting and participating in the festival,” she said.

To volunteer, email to info@irrigationfestival.com with how you’d like to help.

For more information and to see videos from this year’s festival, visit facebook.com/SequimIrrigationFestival and irrigationfestival.com.

Runner-ups in the Sequim Irrigation Festival Button Design Contest get a photo op with the 2021 royalty Saturday at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair. Contest entrants included (front row, from left) Tyler McCarthey, Emma Rhodes and Emerson Jacobs. Not pictured are runner-ups Daniel Colwill and Ryan Adkisson, and button design winner Mason Blake. Royalty include, back row from left, princess Zoee Kuperus, queen Hannah Hampton, and princesses Allie Gale and Sydney VanProyen. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Runner-ups in the Sequim Irrigation Festival Button Design Contest get a photo op with the 2021 royalty Saturday at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair. Contest entrants included (front row, from left) Tyler McCarthey, Emma Rhodes and Emerson Jacobs. Not pictured are runner-ups Daniel Colwill and Ryan Adkisson, and button design winner Mason Blake. Royalty include, back row from left, princess Zoee Kuperus, queen Hannah Hampton, and princesses Allie Gale and Sydney VanProyen. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Kaitlyn Jackson, left, and Heidi Paulson help visitors to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim get their festival swag. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Kaitlyn Jackson, left, and Heidi Paulson help visitors to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim get their festival swag. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Kaitlyn Jackson, left, and Heidi Paulson help visitors to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim get their festival swag. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Kaitlyn Jackson, left, and Heidi Paulson help visitors to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim get their festival swag. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Jenny Preston of Chimacum’s Snow Creek Leather works on a belt at the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim Saturday, May 8. “I’ve been coming to this festival since as long as I can remember, possibly the 1970s,” Preston said. With health restrictions in place the festival moved all but two events — the fair and the Grand Parade-turned-procession — to virtual presentations. See irrigationfestival.com. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Jenny Preston of Chimacum’s Snow Creek Leather works on a belt at the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in downtown Sequim Saturday, May 8. “I’ve been coming to this festival since as long as I can remember, possibly the 1970s,” Preston said. With health restrictions in place the festival moved all but two events — the fair and the Grand Parade-turned-procession — to virtual presentations. See irrigationfestival.com. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Dick Parker waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Dick Parker waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sounder — the mascot of Grand Parade sponsor Sound Community Bank — gets a from Queen Hannah Hampton. Submitted photo

Sounder — the mascot of Grand Parade sponsor Sound Community Bank — gets a from Queen Hannah Hampton. Submitted photo

Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty wave to the Grand Parade mini crowds on North Sequim Avenue. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty wave to the Grand Parade mini crowds on North Sequim Avenue. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Mason Blake, winner of the 2021 Irrigation Festival Button Design contest, talks with festival emcee Stephen Rosales before the Grand Parade on May 8. Like his grandfather before him, Blake is a two-time button design contest winner. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Mason Blake, winner of the 2021 Irrigation Festival Button Design contest, talks with festival emcee Stephen Rosales before the Grand Parade on May 8. Like his grandfather before him, Blake is a two-time button design contest winner. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Evie Judd, who along with Aleah Daniels represents Greywolf Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim; her chauffeur is Monica Dixon. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Evie Judd, who along with Aleah Daniels represents Greywolf Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim; her chauffeur is Monica Dixon. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Eleanor Jones, who along with Emma Chapman represents Helen Haller Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim; her chauffeur is Jim Stoffer. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Eleanor Jones, who along with Emma Chapman represents Helen Haller Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim; her chauffeur is Jim Stoffer. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Brii 2020 Sequim Irrigation Festival princess Brii Hingtgen waves to onlookers at the May 8 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on May 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Brii 2020 Sequim Irrigation Festival princess Brii Hingtgen waves to onlookers at the May 8 Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on May 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Irrigation Festival emcee Stephen Rosales interviews Sequim Police Chief Sherri Crain just prior ot eh May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Irrigation Festival emcee Stephen Rosales interviews Sequim Police Chief Sherri Crain just prior ot eh May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Grand Marshal Amanda Beitzel waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Grand Marshal Amanda Beitzel waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Dick Parker waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Dick Parker waves to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Emily Westcott waves to onlookers on Washington Street during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Honorary Pioneer Emily Westcott waves to onlookers on Washington Street during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Grand Pioneer Dave Cameron says hi to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Grand Pioneer Dave Cameron says hi to onlookers on North Sequim Avenue during the May 8 Grand Parade. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Aleah Daniels, who along with Evie Judd represents Greywolf Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Aleah Daniels, who along with Evie Judd represents Greywolf Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Emma Chapman, who along with Eleanor Jones represents Helen Haller Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Emma Chapman, who along with Eleanor Jones represents Helen Haller Elementary School on the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival Junior Royalty court, waves to the crowd in downtown Sequim. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim mayor William Armacost waves to the Grand Parade crowd on North Sequim Avenue. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim mayor William Armacost waves to the Grand Parade crowd on North Sequim Avenue. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

2020 Irrigation Festival queen Lindsey Coffman gets a ride in the 2021 Grand Parade with “chauffeur” Marcus Oden. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

2020 Irrigation Festival queen Lindsey Coffman gets a ride in the 2021 Grand Parade with “chauffeur” Marcus Oden. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

The Sound Community Bank “Orca” car winds up the 2021 Irrigation Festival Grand Parade/Procession through downtown Sequim on May 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

The Sound Community Bank “Orca” car winds up the 2021 Irrigation Festival Grand Parade/Procession through downtown Sequim on May 8. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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