Forest Festival Royalty Crowned, Grand Marshal Selected, Button Design Winner Announced

The majesty of the forest was on display at the Mason County Forest Festival Coronation Saturday, March 9 as royalty for the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the event was crowned in Shelton.

(2019 – Forest Festival Court.jpg – Cooper Studios) (L-R): Bryce Dady, Paul Bunyan; Grace Renecker, Princess of Cedar; Jillian Abbe, Queen of the Forest; Julia Castro, Princess of Hemlock; and Ethan Payment, Timber the Axe Man.

Reigning over the 2019 Forest Festival are:

• Jillian Abbe, Queen of the Forest
• Bryce Dady, Paul Bunyan
• Grace Renecker, Princess of Cedar
• Julia Castro, Princess of Hemlock
• Ethan Payment, Timber the Axe Man

The theme of the 75th Anniversary Forest Festival is “Facets of the Forest” The event is capped by the June 1 Paul Bunyan Grand Parade through downtown Shelton. Many other Forest Festival activities are scheduled Thursday May 30 through Sunday, June 2.

Patti Tupper was introduced as Grand Marshal of the 2019 Forest Festival. She is well-known for her involvement in the community, including a term as president of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce; Chamber citizen of the year in 2004, and volunteer of the year in 2011. As past President of Kristmas Town Kiwanis, you have likely run into her collecting gloves, hats and school supplies for Shelton kids.? She also has taken great pride in organizing Holiday Magic and the Christmas parade every year.

Patti was well known as Shelton’s favorite bank manager until 2001 when she and her husband Al started Tupper’s Floor Coverings. They sold their business in late 2017 and now she is spending even more time giving back to our community, including Mason County Veterans.

Emily Simmons, a ninth-grade student at Oakland Bay Junior High in Shelton, won the 2019 Forest Festival button design contest.

She received $100 for the grand prize, and an additional $75 for placing first in her age division (see below for a full listing of the winners in their respective age categories). She is a second time winner. Her design also won in 2017.

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


  1. Bella Wildma, 5th Grade, Mountain View Elementary
  2. Angelina Gerverio Montejo, 5th Grade, Mountain View Elementary
  3. Arianna Wetch, 4th Grade, Southside
    Honorable Mention: Claire Godwin, 5th Grade, Mountain View Elementary
    Honorable Mention: Arthur Banoyorn, 5th Grade, Mountain View Elementary


  1. Miguel Ordonez Tomas, 7th Grade, Olympic Middle School
  2. Arely Delgado, 6th Grade, Olympic Middle School
  3. Nathan Gonzalez Vielma, 6th Grade, Olympic Middle School
    Honorable Mention: Fayt Wilbour, 7th Grade, Southside
    Honorable Mention: Maddie Allred, 7th Grade, Southside


  1. Emily Simmons, 9th Grade, Oakland Bay Junior High
  2. Israel Nicolas, 11th Grade, North Mason
  3. Shaolin Hoskins, 12th Grade, North Mason

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