EDITOR'S NOTE: Pageant officials verified a change in the rules beginning this year regarding age: Director Kari McKinsey said contestants who were turning 15 within the year of their reign were now eligible to particpate, up to age 19. Little Miss Viking Fest also changed its requirements; contestants enrolled in second through fifth grade are now eligible. She said the website will be updated soon.
Maelena Mattson, 14, a freshman at Kingston High School, was crowned Miss Viking Fest at the 13th annual pageant April 21, in the North Kitsap Auditorium.
The theme of the pageant was “Swingin’ Into the ’50s.”
The new Miss Viking Fest is involved in cheerleading and drill team at school, and is also involved in hydroplane racing; her dad is a crew chief.
She was sponsored by Mattson Construction, Hare & Hounds, Moore’s Works, and Newton Construction Inc. She is the daughter of Tammy and Matt Mattson of Poulsbo.
She was one of six contestants for the title.
Anna Hall and Gabrielle Thetford, sophomores at North Kitsap High School, were crowned Viking Fest princesses.
Tatyana Morgan-Reyes, 10, a fifth-grader at Vinland Elementary, was crowned Little Miss Viking Fest. She was one of seven contestants.
Alayna Goulet, a fourth-grader at Breidablik Elementary, and Kayla Baker, a first-grader at Suquamish Elementary, were crowned Little Miss Viking Fest princesses.
Other awards were presented include:- Miss Viking Fest Ticket Sales: Anna Hall.- Little Miss Ticket Sales: Alayna Goulet.- Miss Congeniality: Maelena Mattson.- Little Miss Congeniality: Tatyanna Morgan-Reyes.- Miss Viking Fest Directors Award: Marlee Grasser, a sophomore at North Kitsap High School.- Little Miss Directors Award: Delaney Palmer, a fourth-grader at Pearson Elementary.- Miss Viking Fest Speech Award: Maelena Mattson.- Miss Viking Fest GPA Award: Bonnie Foley, a senior at North Kitsap High School.- Doug McKay Memorial Scholarship winner: Anna Hall
The 44th annual Viking Fest is May 18, 19 and 20 in downtown Poulsbo. The celebration honors Norway’s Constitution Day and the heritage of Poulsbo’s early settlers. See www.vikingfest.org for schedule and other information.