From left, Kathi Foresee and Ron Krell of the Viking Fest Corp. with artist Keith Lyon and Lyon’s winning logo for 2017 Viking Fest. Lyon receives the $1,250 Barbara Krell Memorial Scholarship. (P5 Photography)

Lyon wins 2017 Viking Fest logo contest

POULSBO — Keith Lyon, a student at Northwest College of Art & Design, is the winner of the 2017 Viking Fest logo contest.

For the winning logo, Lyon receives the Barbara Krell Memorial Scholarship, worth $1,250.

Ben Butcher was first runner-up. Trent Shadburne was second runner-up.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Viking Fest Corporation of Poulsbo as a memorial to Krell, a long-time committee volunteer. She helped the corporation present the annual celebration of Poulsbo’s Norwegian heritage, thereby raising funds for scholarships for graduating high school seniors from the area.

According to the corporation: “Barbara was a talented amateur artist and an active member of the Poulsbo Artists’ League, serving as the league’s historian at the time of her death.

“She found great pleasure in instilling children with an understanding and a love of art, serving for many years as an art docent at Breidablik Elementary School, near Poulsbo. She also sang in her church’s contemporary choir, taught in its religious education program, tutored for the Literacy Council of Kitsap County, and helped raise funds for breast cancer research.

“Barbara loved the outdoors, especially the Olympic Mountains and the Grand Canyon … Scenes from her hikes in the Olympic Mountains and the Grand Canyon were frequent subjects of her art.”

Viking Fest takes place the weekend closest to Norway’s Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the constitution at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814.

This year, Viking Fest will take place May 19-21 in downtown Poulsbo. For more information, go to

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