SEQUIM — As the pleasurable is established to start out for the 128th Sequim Irrigation Competition, some of its common gatherings are on the shift.

Insane Callen Weekend, the 2023 festival’s initially weekend this Friday via Sunday, provides its Saturday and Sunday situations — all of the competition other than the Artwork Stroll and initial showing of the Sequim Superior College operetta on Friday — to Carrie Blake Neighborhood Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., by the James Middle for Carrying out Arts band shell.

The transfer comes with a desire to develop the competition, explained Government Director Deon Kapetan.

“Our only decisions had been to go or block off far more streets, and we didn’t want that,” she explained.

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

The Young children Parade, Household Fun Times (now two times), Impressive Arts and Crafts Honest, Ridiculous Daze Breakfast for Evening meal, the run sequence, a new Trashion Demonstrate and local community dance go to the park for Saturday and Sunday.

Other than for the run series, all 1st weekend gatherings are totally free, such as songs, laser tag and a foam cannon.

For a whole routine and maps of both equally weekends, such as the Grand Finale Weekend, stop by

Volunteers needed

The Irrigation Festival seeks volunteers to help at both equally competition weekends, this weekend and Might 12-13. If fascinated, email to [email protected].

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

Extra details

Lineup for the Kids Parade commences 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 Greatest Storybook Character, Ideal Pet Entry, Greatest Mini Floats, Most effective Pageant Theme and Grand Prize All round.

Household Entertaining Days features a cakewalk, crafts, video games, music and far more the two times, with Sunday emphasizing huge yard online 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 up at 10 a.m. near the James Centre for the Arts. The 5K is a timed event.

The 50 % marathon is established for 8 a.m. on Sunday starting off at Troll Haven Bandy Farm on Gardiner Seaside Highway in Gardiner and finishing at Carrie Blake Community Park.

Cost is $15 for the 1-mile run, $30 for the 5K, $80 for the half marathon and $60 for the digital half marathon. Signal up at

Pleasure in Mudville performs the neighborhood dance, or Bandersnatch Ball, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from the band shell.


A shuttle will operate 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday from West Washington Avenue in front of Pacific Mist/Cedarbook Lavender to two places in Carrie Blake Local community Park. The shuttle is not handicap-obtainable, organizers stated.

Distributors will only be allowed to park in Carrie Blake all through gatherings, and public parking will be on city streets or by donation on the home in the lot driving Trinity United Methodist Church. Organizers have asked people today not to park in the church ton.

Sequim Passport

With several pageant situations moved out of downtown Sequim, organizers have asked festival goers to participate in the “Passport to Sequim” application from Friday to Might 14. They question individuals to choose up a passport and store smaller by going to at minimum 10 of the 47 participating retailers for stamps.

Each and every organization, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Op Farm and Yard has a passport. Entries will have to be turned in by May possibly 15 to the Co-Op with 10 winners of area prizes drawn on May well 16.

Grand Finale

The next weekend of the festival returns May perhaps 11-13 with most of its events, these kinds of as the Logging Exhibit, Grand Parade and Classic Car Demonstrate and Cruise.

Kapetan explained there are about 100 parade entries that will journey the typical route west on Washington Avenue.

The Common Cruise & Exhibit returns this 12 months on May well 13 and will journey from the former JCPenney ton, 651 W. Washington St., to 250 Heart 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. Vehicle present judging is from midday to 4 p.m., with 20-furthermore awards announced at 4 p.m.

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The carnival won’t return this 12 months, Kapetan reported, thanks to staffing issues for the distinctive agencies.

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

“We’d adore to have them again, but they cannot locate enough folks to do the job.”

The carnival has been a single the most significant fundraisers for the all-volunteer competition.

“We’re hoping to have them back next calendar year,” Kapetan claimed.

For extra data about the pageant, check out or electronic mail to [email protected].


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula Information Group, which is composed of Seem Publishing newspapers Peninsula Everyday News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Discussion board. Access him at [email protected].


By Indana