Locals can view the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty float reveal at 4:45 p.m. Saturday from the festival’s website, www.irrigationfestival.com. Last year’s float, pictured here, was used only for the 2020 Kickoff Dinner and Grand Parade/Procession due to the pandemic. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Locals can view the 2021 Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty float reveal at 4:45 p.m. Saturday from the festival’s website, www.irrigationfestival.com. Last year’s float, pictured here, was used only for the 2020 Kickoff Dinner and Grand Parade/Procession due to the pandemic. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Irrigation Festival kicks off Saturday in Sequim

Float reveal, auction open online for all

SEQUIM — Even a pandemic can’t stop Washington’s oldest, longest, continuous running festival from continuing this weekend.

The 126th annual Sequim Irrigation Festival Kick-off is this Saturday. The 2021 royalty float will be revealed, followed by dinner and auctions.

Kickoff dinner organizer Robin Bookter said locals can tune into the virtual reveal at 4:45 p.m., which will be at 7 Cedars Casino at www.irrigationfestival.com and facebook.com/SequimIrrigationFestival to see the float for the first time.

Dinner tickets are closed, but right after the float reveal, silent and live auction items will begin online with entries available to bid on at www.kickoff2021.givesmart.com.

Anyone can register and bid even without a dinner ticket.

The kickoff serves as a benefit for the festival’s operations, volunteer organizers said.

Bookter said organizers encourage participants to take photos and tag them with #RomingSequim and/or post them on the festival’s Facebook page.

This year’s festival is branded “Sequim, A Place For You to Rome.”

In February, organizers held the festival’s first virtual royalty scholarship pageant with judges choosing Sequim High School junior Hannah Hampton to lead the court of princesses Allie Gale, Zoee Kuperus and Sydney VanProyen.

They’ll be part of the Grand Parade, which will be a virtual procession similar to last October’s event, which is set to run at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Bookter said winners of auction items can pick them up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday from the casino with a royal court member handing out each item.

For more information about the festival, visit www.irrigationfestival.com.

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