Irrigation Competition expands with races, arts and crafts

SEQUIM — As the enjoyment is established to start for the 128th Sequim Irrigation Pageant, some of its popular events are on the transfer.

Crazy Callen Weekend, the 2023 festival’s 1st weekend this Friday via Sunday, delivers its Saturday and Sunday situations — all of the competition other than the Artwork Wander and to start with demonstrating of the Sequim Significant College operetta on Friday — to Carrie Blake Neighborhood Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., by the James Centre for Carrying out Arts band shell.

The transfer comes with a want to expand the pageant, said Government Director Deon Kapetan.

“Our only alternatives were being to go or block off far more streets, and we didn’t want that,” she said.

“This is a safer location to develop and established up.”

The Little ones Parade, Loved ones Enjoyment Days (now two days), Progressive Arts and Crafts Fair, Nuts Daze Breakfast for Meal, the run sequence, a new Trashion Show and community dance transfer to the park for Saturday and Sunday.

Except for the operate series, all initial weekend functions are absolutely free, such as music, laser tag and a foam cannon.

For a comprehensive plan and maps of both weekends, which includes the Grand Finale Weekend, go to

Volunteers preferred

The Irrigation Festival seeks volunteers to assist at both equally competition weekends, this weekend and May perhaps 12-13. If intrigued, e-mail to [email protected].

These who volunteer for 5 hrs or more get a “Let’s get ‘Ditched’ in Sequim” T-shirt.

Far more details

Lineup for the Children Parade starts at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the vicinity of the band shell with a 9 a.m. start out. Prizes will be awarded for Best Storybook Character, Greatest Pet Entry, Greatest Mini Floats, Most effective Pageant Topic and Grand Prize Overall.

Spouse and children Entertaining Times functions a cakewalk, crafts, game titles, songs and more equally times, with Sunday emphasizing big 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, beginning at 10 a.m. in close proximity to the James Center for the Arts. The 5K is a timed party.

The fifty percent marathon is set for 8 a.m. on Sunday commencing at Troll Haven Bandy Farm on Gardiner Beach Road in Gardiner and finishing at Carrie Blake Group Park.

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

Joy in Mudville plays the neighborhood 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 front of Pacific Mist/Cedarbook Lavender to two places in Carrie Blake Neighborhood Park. The shuttle is not handicap-accessible, organizers explained.

Distributors will only be authorized to park in Carrie Blake in the course of functions, and general public parking will be on city streets or by donation on the residence in the good deal powering Trinity United Methodist Church. Organizers have requested people today not to park in the church lot.

Sequim Passport

With a lot of competition events moved out of downtown Sequim, organizers have requested festival goers to participate in the “Passport to Sequim” software from Friday to May 14. They talk to folks to decide up a passport and store little by checking out at minimum 10 of the 47 taking part retailers for stamps.

Just about every organization, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Op Farm and Backyard garden has a passport. Entries ought to be turned in by May well 15 to the Co-Op with 10 winners of neighborhood prizes drawn on May well 16.

Grand Finale

The next weekend of the festival returns Might 11-13 with most of its occasions, these as the Logging Exhibit, Grand Parade and Vintage Motor vehicle Clearly show and Cruise.

Kapetan stated there are about 100 parade entries that will travel the typical route west on Washington Street.

The Common Cruise & Show returns this yr on May perhaps 13 and will journey from the previous JCPenney good deal, 651 W. Washington St., to 250 Middle Park Way.

Vehicles are staged on the west conclusion (651 W. Washington St.) from 8 a.m. til 10 a.m., with the cruise at 11 a.m. Vehicle present judging is from midday to 4 p.m., with 20-moreover awards introduced at 4 p.m.

Sign-up on the internet at vehicle-display-n-cruzz.

The carnival won’t return this calendar year, Kapetan claimed, because of to staffing problems for the different companies.

“We’ve talked to all of the carnivals, but they can not address [our festival],” she claimed.

“We’d appreciate to have them back again, but they can not uncover ample people to work.”

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

“We’re hoping to have them back subsequent 12 months,” Kapetan stated.

For additional details about the competition, pay a visit to or email to [email protected].


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula Information Group, which is composed of Seem Publishing newspapers Peninsula Day by day News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach him at [email protected].