‘A place for you in Rome:’ 126 years where water is wealth
It is undeniable that water is truly an asset. Without it there is nothing – no food, no people, no cities, no life, and certainly no wealth!
Take the example of Rome – ancient civilization understood the life-giving value of water and was able to harness and transport it, thus contributing to its prosperity and wealth.
Closer to home, the 19th century pioneers who came to Sequim also appreciated the invigorating virtues of water. By digging ditches and facilitating agriculture, they have created a sustainable source of food and water to feed the valley and the people who have come there since.
And that’s a reason to celebrate!
Each year the Sequim Irrigation Festival acknowledges the work of DR “Crazy” Callen and his partners, the brains behind the design and development of the irrigation ditches that brought water from the Dungeness River to the parched prairie.
The first hatchback on the Dungeness River was lifted on May 1, 1895, and on May 1, 1896, the first celebration was held at Crazy Callen Farm. This marked the start of a rich tradition that would become the oldest ongoing festival in Washington state. This year, they are celebrating 126 years when water is wealth!
A place for you in Rome: 126 years to celebrate where water is wealth
This year’s festivities include a mix of virtual and live events. Recently, the contest of royalty saw the crowning of the new royal court. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, be sure to step out for the Past Royalty event, which Royals from years past attend.
“This one is definitely a popular event, especially since we have 1940s Royals participating in it,” said Guy Horton, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Sequim Irrigation Festival. “These ladies show up absolutely brand new with their hair and makeup done and share their stories, and being able to pass it down from generation to generation is pretty special.”
You can also expect a myriad events, starting May 8, featuring a Crazy Daze Breakfast, Innovative Arts and Crafts Show, a Day of Family Fun, and even an Auto Show.
This year’s theme, ‘A Place for You in Rome’, reflects the long history of irrigation and the many places to walk near your home – with oceans, forests and mountains in our own backyard. , there is so much to do!
“We really try to encourage everyone to take advantage of the amazing community that we are at home in,” says Horton. “At the same time, the theme also pays homage to the pioneers’ ability to move water, just like ancient civilizations in Rome, because we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.
To join Washington’s oldest festival and celebrate where water is wealth, visit the Sequim Irrigation Festival today!