It's busy, but remember to relax

Summer has finally come to the Kenai Peninsula, and it’s time to roll out some good old Alaskan hospitality.

This weekend may just be one of the busiest on the central Peninsula. Perhaps the biggest event is the annual Kenai River Festival at Soldotna Creek Park, which kicks off this evening and runs through Sunday. The event’s music, food, activities and vendors attracts people be the thousands, visitors and residents alike.

But that hardly scratches the surface for this weekend’s activities.

Kenai River fishing guides are hosting 130 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainright for two days of fishing through today as part of its Wounded Warriors event.

The Kenai Peninsula Air Fair takes off Saturday morning with breakfast at the Soldotna airport, followed by a poker run and ending with a barbecue at the Kenai airport.

Also Saturday, the new Sterling Community Center is hosting its grand opening celebration.

And there’s the Run for the River in Soldotna Saturday morning, and the Tri the Kenai triathlon, which starts and finishes at Skyview High School Sunday.

Capping it off, the Peninsula Oilers summer collegiate baseball team opens its season Sunday afternoon in Kenai.

In short, it’s busy and getting busier by the moment. People are enjoying the weather, the scenery and all the activities our community has to offer. The RVs have returned along with the salmon. It’s going to be a little crowded around town for the next couple of months. Add in some road construction, and it’s easy for summer fun to turn into summer frustration.

It’s time to take a deep breath and, as busy as we get, remember to breathe. If you’re out driving, give yourself some extra time to get to your destination. And be careful on the roads, especially in construction zones.

We Alaskans like to think of ourselves as pretty friendly; when you’re out and about this summer, remember to smile. A little courtesy goes a long way in making the busiest time of year pleasant for everyone.

Like the bumper sticker says, relax — this ain’t the Lower 48.

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