Did you know that the longest continuous running festival in Washington state is right here in the Peninsula? Yes, it’s the Sequim Irrigation Festival! The first celebration occurred 122 years ago in 1896. The festival honors the works of early Sequim settlers who designed and developed the Irrigation Ditches that brought water from the Dungeness River to the parched prairie of the valley.
I have never been to the festival before so I am excited learn more about it and make it the subject of my nonprofit video project. It will be fun to find out who will be in crowds, will it be locals or tourists? What draws people to these event? Is it their first time like me or is it a tradition to attend every year? Why are events such as this one important to the community? I hope to capture all of these and more.
This year’s festivities will be held May 5th -14th and will feature a whole gamut of events that includes an innovative arts and crafts fair, a Family Fun Day, First Friday Art Walk, golf tournament, hot rod car show, a parade and many more. The festival’s website www.irrigationfestival.com provides detailed information on events, volunteering opportunities as well as forms for vendors and show participants.
Are you attending the festival? I sure hope so…see you there!