Each year the Sequim Irrigation Festival has the honor of having a number of dignitaries associated with the festival.
The Grand Marshal is selected by the Irrigation Festival Committee. It is a person or persons within Sequim who have contributed to the community. Elaine Grinnell has been selected as the 2013 Grand Marshal.
Grand Pioneers and Honorary Pioneers are selected by the Sequim Pioneers Association. The Grand Pioneers were born and lived most of their lives in the Sequim area. The Honorary Pioneers have lived in the Sequim area for over 40 years. The 2013 Grand Pioneers are Dr. Neil Cays and Esther Heuhslein Nelson. The 2013 Honorary Pioneers are R.F. Harry Schlaffman and Nancy Jarmuth Smith.
The 2013 Royalty were selected on January 26, 2013.
The Jr. Royalty are selected from the 3rd Graders at Helen Haller and Greywolf Elementary Schools who enter the "What would you see as you are dancing through the valley?" essay contest. The 2013 winners were announced at the Pageant on January 26, 2013.
We don't ever like to forget the dignitaries from past years. You can still read about the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Dignitaries on the Past Dignitaries page.