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Kenai ready to get in to holiday spirit

Posted: November 21, 2012 - 6:12pm  |  Updated: November 22, 2012 - 8:36am

Santa is coming to Kenai on Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday season, said Johna Beech, Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center executive director.

“We have cookies and cocoa for the children, and as they see Santa they get a grab bag that was sponsored by XTO (Energy),” Beech said. “Each grab bag includes little hats, mittens, kaleidoscope, a whistle, fun little stuff.”

Santa will arrive at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center at 11 a.m., but cookies and cocoa are not the first event in this year’s Christmas Comes to Kenai, sponsored by Stanly Ford, Kenai, McDonalds, Kenai Lions and XTO Energy.

At 10 a.m. the Kenai Fine Arts Guild’s annual crafts fair opens at Kenai Central High School.

“It’s the biggest craft fair on the peninsula,” said Laura Faeo, event organizer.

The craft fair features hand-made Alaskan crafts and it is often crowded all day, Faeo said.

All proceeds benefit the Kenai Fine Arts Center and the Peninsula Arts Guild. The event runs Saturday, also.

The second annual Tustumena 200 Turkey Trot, a 5- or 10-kilometer foot race, will start at 2 p.m. in the Kenai Visitor Center’s parking lot.

The race will follow Frontage Road to the Kenai Central High School and then loop back, Beech said.

It is $20 to enter for participants ages 13 and up, and free for participants 12 and under.

The electric lights parade begins at 6 p.m. at Spur View Road, and it will follow Frontage Road and end in the Kenai Visitor Center parking lot.

As of Wednesday Beech said the parade has 10 entries, but she is expecting more Friday.

“Once the electric lights parade ends in the parking lot of the visitor center, we actually have a bonfire,” Beech said, “and Kenai Lions will be handing out cocoa that has been donated by McDonalds.”

Fireworks will conclude the night at 7:30 p.m.

“Between Santa visiting, between the running group that comes for the run, the electric lights parade, the cocoa, the fireworks, there’s a little bit of everything for everybody,” Beech said.


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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 11/23/12 - 03:34 pm
Yep! It's almost here

That December 21, 2012 starting day of the pagan winter feastival. Makes ya proud to be american don't it all the Hoopla over pagan practices and all and the throwing in of Christ Jesus's birthday to make it sound more acceptable to Christians.
Christians that don't have a clue of what they believe in or why either and will accept this as factual instead of the lie it is for pagan worship.
"When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer."
I use to be just like most though until i started to research out the truths of the many holidays we observe which have nothing to do with the ones God gave us to observe in Leviticus 23; but thats the way we are when it comes to knowing what is true or false and usually go with the flow, which is always wrong.
Ace Collins has a great book out on the triditions of christ mas and other pagan holidays we celebrate without knowing why, check it out it's a good read and you will even find that the caroling thats done was a form of threats or demands against the Rich folks done by the poor, kind of like the OWS group of give us what we want or else you will suffer lose.

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