The Logging Show, seen in 2022, returns to the Sequim Irrigation Festival with several events, including a Logger’s Ball and fireworks Friday. (Emily Matthiessen/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

The Logging Show, seen in 2022, returns to the Sequim Irrigation Festival with several events, including a Logger’s Ball and fireworks Friday. (Emily Matthiessen/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Irrigation Fest to culminate in logging show, parade

Car Cruise makes a return; carnival remains on hold

SEQUIM — Walking tours, logging shows an operetta and a grand parade are offered in the final Grand Finale Weekend of the 128th Irrigation Festival, which begins today and extends through Saturday.

The operetta “Anastasia” returns with its second and last set of shows today through Saturday, and the Heritage Walking Tour strolls through downtown Sequim today.

The Logging Show, off Blake Avenue by Carrie Blake Community Park, runs both Friday and Saturday — including its Logger’s Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. Fireworks will fill Sequim’s skies that evening at about 9:30 p.m.

After a brief hiatus, the Classic Cruise and Show comes back to Sequim’s streets on Saturday. Vehicles will travel east on Washington Street starting at 11 a.m. from the former JCPenney lot (651 Washington St.) to 250 Center Park Way. Vehicles will park at the lot until 4 p.m. for the car show. Judging for more than 20 awards, including five awards for motorcycles, takes place from noon to 4 p.m.

Register online at sequimirrigationfestival.enmotive.com/events/car-show-n-cruzz.

The Grand Parade keeps its steady course from Dunlap Avenue to the JCPenney lot starting at noon Saturday with about 100 entries anticipated to participate. As tradition, locals and visitors alike will line Washington Street for the Car Cruise and parade to see floats, bands, dignitaries and more.

For an up-to-date schedule and maps, visit irrigationfestival.com.

Walking Tour

​​The Heritage Walking Tour, sponsored by Sequim Museum and Arts, takes participants on a short tour through downtown Sequim about its rich history at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. depending on turnout.

Tours begin at the museum, 544 N. Sequim Ave. Each tour is free with donations supporting the museum.

Operetta

“Anastasia the Musical” hosts four shows for its final weekend: 7 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sequim High School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets are available at sequimschools.hometownticketing.com/embed/all.

Logging Show

Started in 1988 by Dave Bekkevar and Kevin Kennedy, the Logging Show joined forces with the festival around 2005 to continue showcasing Pacific Northwest loggers’ skills and techniques, festival organizers say.

Events on Friday run from noon to 10 p.m. — including the Logger’s Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with the Logging Show starting at 2 p.m.

Some of the many events include chainsaw races, mini-bike barrel races, tractor races, ax throwing, pole falling and spar pole climbing.

Organizers recognize Mark Becker as Honorary Logger this year, for serving as a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Logging Show.

Shuttle

The festival offers a shuttle from the Classic Cruise and Show to and from the Logging Show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers note the shuttle is not handicap accessible.

Sequim passport

The “Passport to Sequim” program continues through Sunday. Each participant can pick up a passport and visit at least 10 of the 40-plus participating merchants to have their passports stamped.

Each business, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Op Farm and Garden has a passport.

Entries must be turned in by Monday to the Co-Op with 10 winners of local prizes drawn on Tuesday.

No carnival

Because of staffing issues in recent years for carnival companies, the festival will not host a carnival.

“Despite our best efforts, the carnival companies do not have the staffing available to be able to provide a carnival for the festival,” festival organizers wrote.

“We will continue to work on this each year, and hope we can get a carnival to come back.”

The carnival was one the largest fundraisers for the all-volunteer festival.

For all things on the Sequim Irrigation Festival, visit irrigationfestival.com.

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