Message in a Bottle Race Sunday on Liberty Bay | Viking Fest 2013

POULSBO — Viking Fest will have a new event on Sunday: A Message-In-A-Bottle Race, identical in concept to the yellow duck race held in Silverdale during Whaling Days.

Tickets are on sale at a number of Poulsbo businesses for $5 each or five tickets for $20. They will also be available throughout Viking Fest at the information booth.

First prize is $1,000, second prize $500, third prize $250. Fourth prize is free use of a 10 by 10 storage unit at Pro-Guard Self Storage on Little Valley Road in Poulsbo for three months. Fifth prize is free use of a 5 by 5 storage unit, also for three months. Additional merchandise prizes may be announced at the event, according to organizers.

The tickets will be placed in plastic sports bottles bearing a Viking logo. The bottles will float down a course defined by parallel rows of floats, extending north from the Port of Poulsbo’s dinghy dock alongside Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park.

At the north end of the race course, a V-shaped trap will collect the bottles, funneling them to the finish chute.

According to organizers, a limited number of tickets will be sold to ensure there is a reasonable chance of winning. Winners do not have to be present to win.  Five-hundred extra bottles have been procured so that those who wish to purchase a bottle to take home as a Viking Fest souvenir will be able to do so for $4 each.  Bottles will be sold at the information booth.

Poulsbo merchants selling tickets include Bluewater Artworks Gallery and Framing, The Dance Within, Envy Bar & Grill, 1st Security Bank, Liberty Bay Auto, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo Red Apple, and the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.


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