Irrigation Festival expands with races, arts and crafts

Yoshiko Yap

SEQUIM — As the exciting is set to get started for the 128th Sequim Irrigation Competition, some of its popular gatherings are on the transfer.

Crazy Callen Weekend, the 2023 festival’s very first weekend this Friday via Sunday, brings its Saturday and Sunday events — all of the pageant except the Art Walk and 1st demonstrating of the Sequim Substantial School operetta on Friday — to Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., by the James Heart for Accomplishing Arts band shell.

The move arrives with a want to mature the festival, mentioned Govt Director Deon Kapetan.

“Our only choices were to move or block off much more streets, and we did not want that,” she claimed.

“This is a safer location to grow and set up.”

The Little ones Parade, Family Entertaining Times (now two days), Impressive Arts and Crafts Reasonable, Nuts Daze Breakfast for Dinner, the run series, a new Trashion Clearly show and local community dance go to the park for Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from for the run series, all 1st weekend gatherings are free of charge, including tunes, laser tag and a foam cannon.

For a total routine and maps of each weekends, which includes the Grand Finale Weekend, visit

Volunteers wished

The Irrigation Pageant seeks volunteers to aid at both of those competition weekends, this weekend and May 12-13. If intrigued, email to [email protected].

These who volunteer for five hours or a lot more get a “Let’s get ‘Ditched’ in Sequim” T-shirt.

Much more information

Lineup for the Kids Parade starts at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in close proximity to the band shell with a 9 a.m. get started. Prizes will be awarded for Ideal Storybook Character, Most effective Pet Entry, Most effective Mini Floats, Finest Competition Concept and Grand Prize Total.

Family Enjoyable Times attributes a cakewalk, crafts, online games, audio and additional both times, with Sunday emphasizing large yard video games, laser tag and a foam cannon.

The festival’s 1 mile and 5K races are out-and-backs on the Olympic Discovery Path on Saturday, starting off at 10 a.m. around the James Middle for the Arts. The 5K is a timed party.

The fifty percent marathon is set for 8 a.m. on Sunday setting up at Troll Haven Bandy Farm on Gardiner Seashore Road in Gardiner and finishing at Carrie Blake Community Park.

Price tag is $15 for the 1-mile run, $30 for the 5K, $80 for the 50 percent marathon and $60 for the virtual 50 % marathon. Signal up at

Joy in Mudville performs the local community dance, or Bandersnatch Ball, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from the band shell.


A shuttle will run 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday from West Washington Street in entrance of Pacific Mist/Cedarbook Lavender to two spots in Carrie Blake Group Park. The shuttle is not handicap-available, organizers claimed.

Suppliers will only be allowed to park in Carrie Blake in the course of functions, and general public parking will be on city streets or by donation on the property in the good deal behind Trinity United Methodist Church. Organizers have asked people today not to park in the church lot.

Sequim Passport

With a lot of competition functions moved out of downtown Sequim, organizers have requested competition goers to participate in the “Passport to Sequim” plan from Friday to May possibly 14. They talk to people today to decide up a passport and shop small by browsing at minimum 10 of the 47 collaborating retailers for stamps.

Each enterprise, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Op Farm and Backyard garden has a passport. Entries must be turned in by Might 15 to the Co-Op with 10 winners of community prizes drawn on May well 16.

Grand Finale

The 2nd weekend of the competition returns May 11-13 with most of its activities, this kind of as the Logging Display, Grand Parade and Common Car or truck Show and Cruise.

Kapetan claimed there are about 100 parade entries that will vacation the usual route west on Washington Avenue.

The Common Cruise & Display returns this calendar year on May 13 and will journey from the former JCPenney whole lot, 651 W. Washington St., to 250 Middle Park Way.

Autos are staged on the west finish (651 W. Washington St.) from 8 a.m. til 10 a.m., with the cruise at 11 a.m. Motor vehicle present judging is from midday to 4 p.m., with 20-additionally awards announced at 4 p.m.

Sign up on the internet at vehicle-clearly show-n-cruzz.

The carnival will not return this year, Kapetan mentioned, because of to staffing concerns for the diverse businesses.

“We’ve talked to all of the carnivals, but they just can’t cover [our festival],” she explained.

“We’d adore to have them back, but they can’t find plenty of folks to do the job.”

The carnival has been 1 the major fundraisers for the all-volunteer festival.

“We’re hoping to have them back up coming year,” Kapetan explained.

For far more details about the pageant, take a look at or e mail to [email protected].


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Audio Publishing newspapers Peninsula Every day News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Attain him at [email protected].


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