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Vikings Helping Vikings secretary Chris Koytek. TRIBORO FILE PHOTO

Call it an annual tradition. Call it the official start to summer in the Triboro area.

Volunteer Chris Koyteck calls it, “coming full circle.”

She’s speaking about this weekend’s Vikings Helping Vikings festival in Taylor.

“I’m involved because it’s a great opportunity to give back to our community,” said Koytek, a five-year member. “This year we’re poised to give out some $27,000 in scholarships to members of the graduating class in the Riverside School District.”

“I was inspired by the Paul Brennan and those that founded Vikings Helping Vikings,” she said.

According to Koytek, anyone can qualify for a scholarship.

“Anyone that fills out an application is eligible,” she said. “This year we received 53 applications via the school’s guidance office. And, out of those that applied, 41 were granted.”

She explained that those that didn’t receive a scholarship “may very well be receiving scholarships from different venues or agencies.”

Those that are granted scholarships receive them once and are required to volunteer their time at the annual Vikings Helping Vikings festival, slated for this Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the football field along Main Street in Taylor. The annual festival is one of the organization’s primary fundraising efforts.

“So it comes full circle,” she said.

Koytek, who normally serves as the organization’s secretary, will be busy manning the basket raffle tent.

“It’s a huge part of the festival,” she said. “We’ve been collecting donations for the past month and are fortunate that the Triboro community recognizes the value of what we are doing to foster the education and growth of our youth. We truly are living our mission ... feeding the roots of our community.”

The annual Vikings Helping Vikings Festival will be held on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Veterans Memorial Stadium, Main Street, Taylor.

The day begins with registration for the 5K race/walk at 8:30 a.m. at the field house, with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. Other events of the day include food, basket raffles, entertainment and bake sale.

There will also be a kid’s zone that will include face painting, bounce house, dunk tank, games, sand art and a water balloon launcher.

Those 41 scholarship recipients will be honored during the festival as well.