Viking Fest Corp. backs out; 3rd of July fireworks in jeopardy

Decision based on lack of volunteers


Viking Fest Corp. announced Friday that it will no longer be organizing the 3rd of July fireworks show at the downtown Poulsbo waterfront.

The reason? A lack of volunteers, along with too little time to plan the July event as it plans to bring back its Viking Fest celebration May 20-22. That event that celebrates the Norwegian Independence Celebration includes a parade, carnival and street fair, art competition, entertainment, road race, strong man competition, vendors and more.

“After much thought and consideration, the volunteer board of directors at Viking Fest Corporation have made the tough, but necessary decision to focus their efforts solely (on) Viking Fest and Poulsbo Tree Lighting,” which takes place for Christmas, the corporation says in a Facebook post.

“This means that going forward the Viking Fest Corporation will no longer be presenting the 3rd of July Fireworks celebration in Poulsbo. With such a small team of volunteers responsible for making these events possible, it was clear that the two events so close together was too much.”

The corporation notice says it’s glad to bring back Viking Fest. “We look forward to the return of our beloved Viking Fest celebration this year and can’t wait to see our Poulsbo community back together in celebration once again.”

Viking Fest in May will continue. It includes a parade.

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