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Community made it a great 3rd of July | My View

Poulsbo’s Third of July fireworks exploded over Liberty Bay, illuminating the crowds at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park.                         - Megan Stephenson / Herald
Poulsbo’s Third of July fireworks exploded over Liberty Bay, illuminating the crowds at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park.
— image credit: Megan Stephenson / Herald

By RON KRELL

Viking Fest Corporation expresses its thanks to all those who contributed to making the 3rd of July celebration in Poulsbo such a resounding success.

Aurora Fireworks’ beautiful show culminated a gorgeous day with probably the largest turnout we have ever had for a 3rd of July celebration.

We deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts of the city’s staff, especially the Public Works and Police departments. The crew from Public Works did a superb job in making and deploying all of the signs and barricades for the festival, preparing Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park for the massive crowd, and cleaning the streets of the town before and after the festival. The Police Department support was also outstanding. They kept everyone safe during the day, then expedited the departure of thousands of cars that evening in about an hour — a truly remarkable feat. The Fire Department brought a truck down to Anderson Parkway, allowing delighted children to climb into the driver’s seat.

We also wish to acknowledge the superb leadership of Mayor Erickson and the City Council in ensuring that the city prepared for the celebration of our nation’s birth. The Port of Poulsbo also cooperated fully. Port Commissioner Stephen Swann, a retired Coast Guard officer, wrote a letter on our behalf requesting a Coast Guard boat attend; the USCG sent two. Brad Miller, port manager, created pier space for them to tie up to, facilitating the boat tours.

We are very grateful to the businesses whose donations of funds, materials and services enabled us to pay for the celebration. The large donation by our Title Sponsor — Safeway Inc. — made the fireworks possible, but the show also required the support of our many contributing sponsors:

Central Market, Valley Nursery, Marine View Beverage, Viking Fence, Blue Sky Printing, Bird Electric, AmericanWest Bank, Kitsap Federal Credit Union, Skookum Enterprises, Wells Fargo Bank, Peninsula Credit Union, Kitsap Bank, James Lumber, North Kitsap Herald, Home Depot, Bainbridge Disposal, Agate Pass Transportation, Tizley’s Europub, The Hare & Hounds, The Loft Restaurant, The Rockfish Group, Poulsbo Sons of Norway Lodge, Poulsbo Inn, and Kitsap Towing.

This was my final event as president of Viking Fest Corporation, ending 35 years in this superb organization. My wife, Lin, is joining me in retirement; she has been our secretary and entertainment chair for many years.

I am very proud of, and grateful to, the great group of volunteers (see list below) who made Viking Fest and the 3rd of July such enjoyable community celebrations. I am also pleased that Viking Fest Corporation has given $5,000 in college scholarships to area students annually for many years; this year, we were able to increase that total to $6,500.

Sincerely,
Ron Krell, president

Officers: Kathi Foresee, vice president; Lin Krell, secretary; Tony Smallbeck, treasurer; members, Kari McKinsey, Tom Taylor, Tammy Mattson, Andrés Reyes, Jenny Soule, Michelle Mendoza, Nikki Flowers, Shayna Brenton, Shari Hosler, Nick and Bliss Ogilvie, Sonny Gill, Debbie Courts, Kelle Kitchel-Cooper, Megan Visk, Danny Fritts, and Tina Smallbeck.

 

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