Newly Crowned Mason County Forest Festival Royalty is “Timber Strong!”

Paul Bunyan Parade Grand Marshal & Button Art Winner Announced

The majesty of the forest was on display at the Mason County Forest Festival Coronation Saturday, March 12 as royalty for the 72nd anniversary of the event was crowned in Shelton.

2016 - Forest Festival Court
(L-R): Drake Adams, Paul Bunyan; Hannah Salapka, Princess of Cedar; Eryn Earsley, Princess of Hemlock; Danielle Salinas, Queen of the Forest; Brittani Caldwell, Princess of Spruce; Elizabeth Boring, Princess of Douglas Fir; Joeseph McGrew, Timber the Axe Man.

Reigning over the 2016 Forest Festival are:

Queen of the Forest – Danielle Salinas, Senior, Shelton High School

Paul Bunyan – Drake Adams, Senior, Shelton High School

Timber the Axe Man – Joeseph McGrew, Senior, Shelton High School

Princess of Cedar – Hannah Salapka, Junior, Shelton High School

Princess of Douglas Fir – Elizabeth Boring, Senior, Shelton High School

Princess of Spruce – Brittani Caldwell, Junior, Shelton High School

Princess of Hemlock – Eryn Earsley, Junior, Shelton High School

2016 - Ron Pannell - Grand Marshal
Ron Pannell, Grand Marshal for the 2016 Paul Bunyan Grand Parade

 

 

Saturday’s coronation event also saw Shelton resident Ron Pannell introduced as Grand Marshal for the 2016 Paul Bunyan Grand Parade.

 

 

Bradley Eleton, winner of the button design contest for the 2016 Forest Festival
Bradley Eleton, winner of the button design contest for the 2016 Forest Festival

Bradley Eleton, a fifth grade student at Southside School, was announced as the winner of the button design contest for the 2016 Forest Festival. He wins $100 for the grand prize, and an additional $75 for placing first in the kindergarten through fifth place division (see below for a full listing of the winners in their respective age categories).

The theme of the 72nd Annual Forest Festival is “We Are Timber Strong!” The event is capped by the June 4 Paul Bunyan Grand Parade through downtown Shelton. Many other Forest Festival activities are scheduled Thursday June 2 through Sunday, June 5.

For more information go to www.masoncountyforestfestival.org or visit the Forest Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masoncountyforestfestival.

Forest Festival button design winners in the three age categories included:

Grades/Place Winner Grade/School Teacher
K-5 First Bradley Eleton 5th / Southside Mr. White
K-5 Second Nolen Dally 5th / Mountain View Mr. Watkins
K-5 Third Logan West 5th / Southside Mr. White
6-8 First Jenessa Fogo 6th / Olympic Middle School Mrs. Garner
6-8 Second Olivia Abbe 7th / Olympic Middle School Mrs. Garner
6-9 Third Avery Sandquist 9th / Mason County Christian Ms. Carey
9-12 First Alia Ramiez* 11th / Choice High School Ms. Roberts
9-12 Second Hannie Reitsch 12th / Choice High School Ms. Roberts
9-12 Third Terrence Henry 9th / Choice High School Ms. Roberts

First place winners for each grade class receive $75

Second place winners for each grade class receive $50

Third place winners for each grade class receive $25.

Pictures courtesy of Cooper Studios