Royalty 2017-10-08T21:27:12+00:00
King Ullr LVIII Ross Strauser
Ross Strauser

KING ULLR LVIII

Congratulations
Today is his day
There is new King Ullr
Hooray! Hooray!

Born in the far East of Montana with a microphone in his hand
one of eight children nearly an entire band
his parents were busy there’s no doubt
but in that fertile farm soil he did sprout.

He chose radio as his career. He chose it with care
with voice over and production
he lit up the air.

To many markets he traveled and he talked
until one day in the Flathead, opportunity knocked
so he made it his home, and oh how he grew
he met a Dowaliby and married her too.
She was so pretty he made her his wife
yes Sue is her name, they were hitched for life.

To this marriage two talented children were born.
Music, art and drama are their thing
Myah with her piano and Rumi with his horn.

Ten years ago Big Valley Radio came along
a first in Montana, so fun and strong!
With original shows, music and fun, Big Valley Radio
would not be outdone.

2009 was Carnival’s 50th Year
and the Primes chose him as their crimson raconteur
then on to Carnival Board Prez and High Ullr he did go.
He held every position except King and Queen so

The Black Knights met around their round table
at least the select few that are still willing – and still able

To choose a king to lead this winter weary realm
to the top of the list a name did rise, a crimson one is again at the helm.

With revelry and fanfare we proclaim a new King Ullr is crowned so
youthful and tame.

So let his name ring out so loud, so high.
Ross Strauser Ross Strauser is
King Ullr LVIII!

Queen of the Snows Sue Strauser
Sue Strauser

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

“I am QUEEN?” she asked with a furled brow.
“Queen you am,” replied the grammatically incorrect crowd.
“Queen of the Snnneeeewwws!” they purposely did say,
“We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss…Hip! Hip! Hooray!”

A long history with Carnival does have this Queen,
The sights, and the sounds, oh the things she has seen.
As a royalty daughter, aunt, sister, friend and wife,
There was no other choice, but to be a “Carnie” for life!

Once upon a time she was a dwarf on the button bus,
And way back when, the three-legged beer race was a must.
From a playful participant and vivacious volunteer,
To rowdy royal photographer, year after year.
With camera in hand sprinting up and down the parade route,
A float in Calgary knocked her down, but didn’t take her out!
So, this year she will cheerfully be seen about town,
Humbly proclaiming, “Never say Never” to wearing a crown!

With her royal court and husband King ULLR at her side,
Hang on to your floober-flabber- flubber-wubbies Whitefish!
It’s going to be a frivolous, fanatical, FUN-tastical ride!

Nick Spear

PRIME MINISTER LVIII

Nick Spear is an actor and singer-songwriter whose original songs have been used for television on A&E and Lifetime Networks, as well as advertisements for companies from Safeway Stores to Dos Equis beer.

He has released several independent singles, and a full length album, “A River Below,” on Down Boys Records. Nick is also a Stonebridge Guitars Collaborating Artist. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, and has performed professionally around the country in musicals, plays, symposia and concert engagements.

Nick is also an adjunct theatre professor at Flathead Valley Community College.

Renee Olson

DUCHESS OF LARK
Renee Olson was born and raised in Marysville Washington; a small town North of Seattle. As a child she enjoyed the outdoors, played soccer and volleyball and was also on the dance team. Although Renee has since relocated to the Flathead Valley, her parents (married 57 years) , brother and extended family remain in Washington.

Renee began her career working as a receptionist in local doctor’s offices. When she was 24 she began to work for her Aunt who managed an Escrow office. She remembers being impressed with her aunt’s professionalism and knowledge of the industry. After learning from that experience, she took a position with Stewart Title and later focused her attention on private Escrow companies, which is where she learned to close transactions.

In 1992 she visited the Flathead for the first time and was fascinated by Glacier Park. She moved here permanently in the fall of 1995 and accepted a job with Whitefish Title Services where she worked for 19 years. Over time her personal and professional relationships grew. She most recently joined Insured Titles in Whitefish. Renee really enjoys mentoring others through the escrow process and building meaningful, life-long friendships with her clients.

Renee is a die-hard Seahawks fan and had the privilege of passing out stats at home games for several seasons. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, working out at Studio 48 Pilates studio, river rafting and snow shoeing. She visits her family as often as possible and supports the local arts.

Renee has participated in Winter Carnival for over 15 years as a Viking Diva, but she is profoundly honored to trade her lipstick in for a “Tiara” as this year’s Duchess; a dedicated member of Whitefish’s Royal Family.

2017 Royalty

Ross Strauser

KING ULLR LVIII

Sue Strauser

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Nick Spear

PRIME MINISTER LVIII

Renee Olson

Duchess of Lark

2016 Royalty

Ray Boksich

KING ULLR LVII

Jerrie Boksich

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Joe Akey

PRIME MINISTER LVII

Brenda Twete

Duchess of Lark

2015 Royalty

Lin Akey

KING ULLR LVI

Anita Welch

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Luke Walrath

PRIME MINISTER LVI

Linda Ray

Duchess of Lark

2014 Royalty

Mark Svennungsen

KING ULLR LV

Sue Schenck

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

John Peschel

PRIME MINISTER LV

Miriam Lewis

DUCHESS OF LARK

2013 Royalty

Harry Brown

KING ULLR LIV

Nancy Brown

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Josh Akey

PRIME MINISTER LIV

Alicia Blake

DUCHESS OF LARK

To view all past Carnival Royalty, be sure to visit the Whitefish Historical Society, located at the Whitefish Train Depot!