As winter rolls in, the rushing waters of irrigation and Washington’s oldest festival aren’t too far away.
Sequim’s 119th Irrigation Festival begins May 2-11, 2014, with one of its traditions honoring Sequim’s long-time and cherished residents ready to go.
The Sequim Pioneer Association’s board recently announced the 2014 Irrigation Festival Grand Pioneers — Jack Stevens and Dorothy Daniels Ludke — and Honorary Pioneers — Glenn Greathouse and Mabel Heine Sorensen.
Bud Knapp, president of the association, said the four will be honored at the annual Pioneer Dinner, ride in the the Grand Parade and will attend several other festival events including the Sequim High School’s Operetta and Festival Kick-off dinner. Aside from Stevens, this will be three of the participants’ first time riding in a parade.
To be honored as a pioneer, you must be born and raised in Sequim to become a grand pioneer, or you must have lived in Sequim for at least 40 years to be an honorary pioneer.
The pioneer honors began at the association’s first luncheon, then called the Old Timer’s Club, in 1949.
The festival’s 2014 Pioneers include:
• Jack Stevens, grand pioneer
“I remember being in the Kids Parade leading a rooster with a leash. I won 25 cents,” he said.
• Dorothy Daniels Ludke, grand pioneer
When asked why she’s stayed in Sequim her whole life, Ludke said, “it is my home. Sequim has so many of my childhood friends. It’s a wonderful place to live.”
• Mabel Sorensen, honorary pioneer
Every year, her family makes a tradition out of the festival parking at Creamery Square to sit in chairs in the back of trucks, eat snacks and watch the parade.
• Glenn Greathouse, honorary pioneer