Sequim Irrigation Festival

Sequim Irrigation FestivalThough tourism is now a thriving part of Sequim’s modern economy, this wasn’t always the case. Though Sequim had a good natural port and abundant seafood for the Native American populations and early settlers that lived here, the Sequim valley and prairies itself were arid and dry. Though the low levels of rainfall and consistent sunshine are a celebrated aspect of life in Sequim today, it certainly made farming difficult for the increasing numbers of settlers populating the valley.  In 1896, though, Sequim’s course changed with the development of the area’s first irrigation ditches from the Dungness River.  As Real Estate agents in the charming town of Sequim, we always keep abreast of the fun and exciting things going on around town, and that includes the incredible Irrigation Festival that starts next week.  

2016 Irrigation Festival

Ever since that first network of irrigation ditches were dug across the dry prairies of the Dungeness Valley, Sequim has flourished.  Every year since then, Sequim has honored the memory of this momentous time in history at the annual Irrigation Festival.  Sequim’s Irrigation Festival is still the oldest continuous community festival in the state, and is a remarkable celebration of the community spirit found throughout the Sequim Valley.  This year’s Irrigation Festival runs from May 6-15th, and will feature more events and more community involvement than ever before.

Irrigation Festival SequimThe festivities kick off as usual with the Crazy Daze Breakfast on May 6th, followed by the Family Fun Day and an Arts and Craft Show during the weekend of May 7th and 8th.  The always popular Sequim Farmers Market will also be present during both weekends of the Irrigation Festival.  From May 12th-15th, visitors will enjoy a wonderful variety of fun events during the Grand Finale Weekend.  The Carnival runs Thursday – Sunday, and there is also a Strongman Showdown, a Logging Show Truck & Tractor Pull, a Fun Run, the magnificent Grand Parade, and of course Fireworks on Friday night.  Come celebrate with us this May, and you’ll quickly see why this spectacular festival has been named the “Best Small Town Event“.