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Viking Fest events in need of sponsors

POULSBO — A Viking Fest without lutefisk eating legends Eric Perkins and Charles Jensen enjoying a friendly Sunday afternoon snack at Kvelstad Pavilion? Unthinkable.

However, this could be the year as Viking Fest organizers are still looking for a sponsor for the event, which has become a hallowed tradition, drawing crowds of onlookers and fans of both men.

“We’re still looking for sponsors and there are still things that we need sponsors for,” said Viking Fest Secretary Kathi Foresee.

The parade, the webcam and other traditional events have sponsors, but the lutefisk eating contest doesn’t and neither does this year’s karaoke contest, Foresee said.

“We have some places that are interested, but we still need a sponsor,” she said.

Those interested in sponsoring an event or the festival in general can go to the Viking Fest Web site, www.vikingfest.org or call (360) 779-FEST.

While local businesses are needed to help sponsor various events, festival organizers are looking for a little help from North End students to select the grand marshal for this year’s parade.

“We need kids to nominate their teachers,” Foresee said. “We’ve received some nominations but we’d like to have more.”

Nomination forms are available at all school offices in the North Kitsap School District, Poulsbo RV and Viking Bank.

Completed forms along with a letter can be dropped off at either Poulsbo RV or Viking Bank on State Route 305.

The grand marshal will be announced at the Miss Viking Fest Pageant, which is set for 6 p.m. April 22 at Christ Memorial Church.

Eight young ladies will vie for the title of Miss Viking Fest and many former Misses, including Miss Poulsbo 2005 Jana Murray, have gone on to other pageant titles.

Tickets for the event are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. They can be purchased at the door or at Viking Bank.

The contestants will be featured in Wednesday’s Herald.

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