Forest Festival Information

2014 Royalty2014 Mason County Forest Festival Royalty Court; Court Button and Grand Marshal

2014 Mason County Forest Festival Royalty Court

Queen of the Forest – Anna Liljas, SHS, Senior
$1000 Scholarship provided by Phyllis and Duane Guenther Memorial Scholarship Fund

Paul Bunyan – Michael Sobotka, SHS, Senior
$1000 Scholarship provided by Shelton Rotary

Smokey Bear – Alan Medina, SHS, Senior
$1000 Scholarship provided by Skookum Rotary

Princess of Cedar – Sarah Miranda, SHS Senior
$500 Scholarship provided by Kristmas Town Kiwanis

Princess of Douglas Fir – Gabriela Garcia, SHS, Senior
$500 Scholarship provided by Shelton Kiwanis

Princess of Spruce – Alona Davis, SHS, Senior
$500 Scholarship provided by Mason County Forest Festival Association

Princess of Hemlock – Shelbie Garrick, SHS, Junior
$500 Scholarship provided by Mason County Forest Festival Association

2014 Mason County Forest Festival Coronation Sponsored by:
Anytime Fitness
Mariano’s Jewelry
Alpine Way Retirement Center
Cooper Studio
Lynch Creek Floral
Tozier’s Ace Hardware

2014ffbuttonDuring the Coronation Ceremony while the Judges votes were being tallied, Judy Bidwell, MCFFA President, announced the winners of this year’s Button Design Contest. Bill Valley, Button Design Committee Chairman assisted on Stage.

Grand Prize Button Design Winner is Isabele LeDoux, SHS, Junior.

Top prize in three age categories included:
K-5 First         Sebastian Engel         5th / Bordeaux             Mr. Watkins

K-5 Second     Ella Schwison         5th / Southside            Mr. White

K-5 Third        Keelie Madison         5th / Southside            Mr. White

6-8 First         Jayden Rieck         8th / Mason County Christian    Mrs. Carey

6-8 Second    William Johnson         7th / Southside            Mr. White

6-8 Third        Brenden Engstrom    7th / Olympic Middle School    Mrs. Garner

9-12 First         Isabele LeDoux        11th / Shelton High School    Mr. Phelan

9-12 Second    Colby Boyce        12th / Shelton High School    Mr. Phelan

9-12 Third        Trevor Gregory        10th / Shelton High School    Mr. Phelan

This year’s Paul Bunyan Grand Parade Grand Marshal, is Nita Bariekman, owner of Nita’s Coffee Shop. Judy expressed “When the Forest Festival Committee reached out to the community for Grand Marshal Nominations, Nita’s name came up again and again. She graciously accepted and we couldn’t be more pleased!”

Writer Carolyn Maddux worked with Nita to create her book “Nita’s Cooking, Reminiscences and Recipes” originally published in 2010. It’s a wonderful book filled with Nita’s tastiest recipes, some of her memories, combined with history in Shelton. We asked Carolyn to try to sum up in a few words the life of our amazing Grand Marshal… Nita Bariekman.

    Among the mainstays of downtown Shelton is Nita's Coffee Shop, and you haven't experienced Shelton until you've had a piece of Nita's wild blackberry pie. At 96, she still juggles making her signature pancakes for breakfast customers and baking pies for the lunch bunch, and she revels in visits from former Sheltonians who come back for a piece of pie and reminiscence.     A lifelong Mason County resident, Nita Cleveland grew up in Allyn, the adored youngest of a warm, blended family that included five brothers and a sister. She married Jim Bariekman just before World War II, kept working as Dr. A.C. Linkletter's receptionist until "Dr. Link" was called into the medical corps, and then did war work herself in the shipyard in Bremerton until the war ended and Jim returned from overseas. A few years later, she found herself, almost by chance, running the coffee shop in a Railroad Avenue drugstore.     After ten years running drugstore lunch counters, Nita opened her own restaurant in its present location in 1961. Her pies have helped out numerous charitable causes over the years, and her milkshakes and lunch specials are legendary. Regulars are welcomed by name and visitors get to sign her guest book. In 1999, the Mason General Hospital Foundation honored Nita as one of the Businesswomen of the Year. These days, Nita's nephews Kirby and Daryl Cleveland help her with shopping and record-keeping. But retire? She hasn't thought much about it. "This is my family," she says of her restaurant. "This is what keeps me going."
Watch for Nita in the 70th Annual Paul Bunyan Grand Parade, Saturday May 31st during the 2014 Mason County Forest Festival.

If you would like to participate in the parade this year, check the Forest Festival website and download a parade application.