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Velkommen til Poulsbo: Your Viking Fest schedule

Miss West Sound Megan Leibold roused the audience Friday with her rendition of the National Anthem, during opening ceremonies for Viking Fest. The event continues through the weekend with a parade, carnival, contests and cultural demonstrations.  - Richard Walker
Miss West Sound Megan Leibold roused the audience Friday with her rendition of the National Anthem, during opening ceremonies for Viking Fest. The event continues through the weekend with a parade, carnival, contests and cultural demonstrations.
— image credit: Richard Walker

45th annual Viking Fest
Presented by Safeway
At Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, Anderson Parkway, and King Olav Parking Lot in downtown Poulsbo

FRIDAY, MAY 17
Noon to 10 p.m.: Food and craft booths open on Anderson Parkway.
Carnival opens at King Olav Parking Lot until 10 p.m.
Viking Village and Suquamish Arts & Crafts open in Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. 
Entertainment at Kvelstad Pavilion sponsored by Valley Nursery.
3-3:45 p.m.: Dance Within Troupe.
4–4:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremony at Kvelstad Pavilion, Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park.
— Presentation of the Colors by the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard.
— Norwegian National Anthem: Poulsbo Sons of Norway Men’s Chorus.
— U.S. National Anthem sung by Miss West Sound Megan Leibold.
— Welcome by Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson and County Commissioner Robert Gelder.
— Introduction and welcome of Viking Fest’s title sponsor, Safeway.
— Welcome by Anthony Smallbeck, president of the Poulsbo Sons of Norway; and the Sons of Norway Lodge Court. 
— Introduction of 2013 Miss Viking Fest Allison Pace and her court, Little Miss Viking Fest Luci Norton, Miss West Sound Megan Leibold, Miss West Sound Outstanding Teen Emily Houston, and Miss Poulsbo Makenzie Moody.
— Norwegian songs sung by the Sons of Norway Men’s Chorus.
4:30-5 p.m.: Kingston High School Choir.
5-6 p.m.: Poulsbo Sons of Norway Leikarringen Dancers. 5 p.m.: Grades K-4. 5:30 p.m.: Grades 5-12.
6:15-6:45 p.m.: Ku-Umba Breidablik Marimba Group.
7-7:45 p.m.: North Kitsap High School Band and Jazz Band.
8-10 p.m.: Country music by MissyG Band.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 41st annual Poulsbo Noon Lions Pancake Breakfast, at North Kitsap High School. All funds benefit the Lions’ North Kitsap High School Scholarship Fund.
7:30-11 a.m.: 36th annual Viking Fest Road Race. Sponsored by Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department.
— 7:30-8:45 a.m.: Check in at Lions Park.
— 9 a.m.: Start of 5-Mile Run.
— 9:05 a.m.: Start of 1-Mile Run.
— 10:15 a.m.: Start of Kids Dash on Front Street.
— 10:30 a.m.: Road Race Awards at Parade Reviewing Stand.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Viking Village and Suquamish Arts & Crafts open in Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. 
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Food and craft booths open on Anderson Parkway.
Carnival opens at King Olav Parking Lot until 10 p.m.
Entertainment at Kvelstad Pavilion, sponsored by Valley Nursery.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sons of Norway Lodge No. 44 Poulsbo Scandinavian Luncheon, upstairs.  Open-faced sandwiches, pea soup, and baked goods. Members will also make lefse and krumkake during the luncheon.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Poulsbo Sons of Norway Lodge Membership Drive Beer Garden. 
2-4 p.m.: 44th annual Viking Fest Parade, on Front Street. Sponsored by Central Market.

Entertainment Schedule
10-10:30 a.m.: Country Cloggers. 
10:30-11 a.m.: Poulsbo Sons of Norway Sammendra Adult Folk Dancers.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: InMotion — All forms of dance, child to adult.
12:30-1 p.m.: Kitsap Kickers Line Dancers. 
1-1:30 p.m.: Leikarringen Dancers of Leif Erickson Lodge 2-001, Ballard.
2-4 p.m.: 44th annual Viking Fest Parade, on Front Street. Sponsored by Central Market. 
4:15-5 p.m.: Scoil Rince Slieveloughane (pronounced “skole rinka shleeve lockane”). Irish dance group.
5:15-7:15 p.m.: “Me & The Boys,”  bluegrass and country pop.
7:30-9:30 p.m.: James Redfern, rock-pop-soul.

SUNDAY, MAY 19
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 41st annual Poulsbo Noon Lions Pancake Breakfast, at North Kitsap High School. All funds benefit the Lions’ North Kitsap High School Scholarship Fund.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Food and craft booths open on Anderson Parkway.
Carnival opens at King Olav Parking Lot until 10 p.m.
Entertainment at Kvelstad Pavilion, sponsored by Valley Nursery.
Viking Village and Suquamish Arts & Crafts open in Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. 
10 a.m. to noon: Kupcake Krigen (Cupcake War), Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. Sponsored by Marine View Beverage.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Murder Mystery, sponsored by AmericanWest Bank.
Noon to 4 p.m.: Sons of Norway Lodge No. 44 Poulsbo video presentations, upstairs. Free admission.
— Noon to 1:30 p.m.: “Paper Clips — Norwegian Invention & Symbol of Resistance to Nazis.”
— 1:30-2:45 p.m.: “Edward Grieg: What Price Immortality.”
— 2:45-4 p.m.: “Rick Steves: Fjords of Norway and Oslo.”
Noon to 1:15 p.m.: Viking Fest Stand-Up Paddleboard Race — 5-mile race, Liberty Bay. 1:30-2 p.m.: Viking Fest Stand-Up Paddleboard Race, 1-mile race, Liberty Bay.
2-3 p.m.: Message-In-A-Bottle Race, Liberty Bay. Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Entertainment Schedule
10-10:30 a.m.: Poulsbo Elementary School Marimba Group.
10:30-11:15 a.m.: Kate Hart, pop soloist.
11:30 a.m. to noon: Samara Dancers.
Noon to 1 p.m.: “Planted,” local cover band.
1-2 p.m.: Oyster Eating Contest. Sponsored by The Loft Restaurant.  Sign up at The Loft. 
2-3 p.m.: Annual Lutefisk Eating Contest. Sponsored by Peninsula Credit Union, Poulsbo. Lutefisk donated by New Day Fisheries, Port Townsend. Lutefisk by Jan & the 2-Sons of Norway Vikings. Sign up at information booth before 1 p.m. on Sunday. $10 entry fee, limited to 12 contestants, 18 years and older.
3-4 p.m.: Event awards.
3 p.m.: Stand-Up Paddleboard Race awards.
3:10 p.m.: Kupcake Krigen awards, sponsored by Marine View Beverage.
3:20 p.m.: Murder Mystery solved, king crowned, arrest made, prizes awarded.
3:50 p.m.: Message-In-A-Bottle Race prize winners announced.
4 p.m.: Booths and entertainment close.
6 p.m.: Carnival closes.

PARKING
Parking in downtown Poulsbo is limited. Vehicles with disability placards can park at the Edward Jones Investment Offices, 19032 Jensen Way NE, or across the street in front of the old city hall.

On Saturday, all festival-goers may park at the North Kitsap High School and Middle School campuses and ride the shuttle bus to downtown ($2 roundtrip charge for ages 5 and older).

Parking is available Friday and Saturday at Gateway Fellowship Church and First Lutheran Church, for a suggested $5 donation.

 

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