SEQUIM — Businesses and citizens will be a little bit crazy Friday in honor of D. R. “Crazy” Callen — one of the founders of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
The day will begin at 7 a.m. at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, with a breakfast in his honor.
The Crazy Daze Breakfast starts off the final weekend of the 116th Sequim Irrigation Festival, which will include a logging show and a Grand Parade.
Tickets to Friday morning’s breakfast are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.
They may be purchased at KeyBank, 120 N. Dunlap Ave.; Sound Community Bank, 541 N. Fifth Ave.; and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 1192 E. Washington St.
The event itself will be crazy with organizers encouraging attendees to dress up in their finest wacky attire, said Lenee Langdon, an Irrigation Festival board member and chairwoman of the Crazy Daze Breakfast.
Quite a draw
Tickets also will be available at the door, but Langdon said organizers are encouraging people to scoop up tickets for the event quickly because this year, it is becoming a draw.
“We are asking people to do dress-up however they want to just be crazy,” Langdon said.
“However, if they want to come up and sing a song, read a poem, we are looking for the craziest costume, the best skits and the most enthusiastic acts.”
In addition to the crazy costumes at the breakfast, many of those in Sequim businesses will continue going crazy for the entire day.
“I’m really excited because a lot of the downtown businesses will be dressing up all day,” said Deon Kapetan, chairwoman of the Irrigation Festival.
“That is how it was in the old days, and it will really be a lot of fun.”
The winner of the Crazy Callen Award will receive a roaming trophy, which is displayed in the winner’s office or place of business for the next year.
Other awards include a pizza party for the winner’s office or friends for up to 20 people, as well as other activities.
The first irrigation ditch headgate was lifted May 1, 1895, after Callen and his partners dug irrigation ditches to water the Dungeness Valley.
A four-day carnival begins today at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.
Hours will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Armbands for admission to the carnival are $25.
Also beginning Friday will be the 23rd annual Logging Show from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Blake Avenue lot near Carrie Blake Park, where highlights will be the strongman competition at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show at dusk.
The logging show will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A tractor pull and lawn mower races are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In downtown Sequim, a Kids Parade is planned at 10 a.m. and a Car Cruzz at 11 a.m., with the Grand Parade at noon.
A Car Show ’n’ Shine is set at noon Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.
For more information about the Sequim Irrigation Festival, visit www.irrigationfestival.com.
________Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at email@example.com.