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Thanks for celebrating progress

Posted: August 2, 2011 - 9:34am  |  Updated: August 3, 2011 - 9:26am

A little rain will not stop Progress or the celebration of Progress Days.

On behalf of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff, we appreciate everyone who volunteered their time, sponsored the event, entered the parade, the patience of those who live and work along the parade route and all who came to join in on the festivities.

We would like to recognize the VFW for providing Color Guard and setting up of the judges stand which was provided by Lynden Transport; to the volunteer judges- Kyle Fisher, Regina Davis, Brenda Hartman, Jim Stogsdill and Pete Sprague. Shanon Hamrick, thank you for your invaluable help at the judge’s stand and Merrill Sikorski, our Master of Ceremonies.  Thank you to the Peninsula Clarion, KSRM and the Redoubt Reporter for their outstanding coverage.

Thank you to Lilly Arnett who started the parade by singing the National Anthem, the City of Soldotna with Heather Dukowitz, the Sport Center Staff and the Soldotna Police Department for all their help and support.  The Sports Center staff was always there and giving 100%, they are invaluable. Thanks to Stanley Chrysler for providing cars to the dignitaries helping to celebrate Soldotna’s Progress; the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the use of their building and power; and Hutchings Auto Group and Aspen Hotel for overflow parking.

A great big thank you to Bird TLC for releasing our feathered Eagle friend back into his home.  It was a beautiful sight!

We cannot thank enough the volunteers who went above the call of duty; Robyn Sullens, Ryan Kapp, Janet Pope, Esther Chambers, Keith Baxter, Ashley Purcell and Tommy Hansen.  Many Thanks to our Dutch Oven Judges, Omar Alvarez, Sue Wallace, Chenille and Rob Murphy, Sarah McAlpine, Alyson Stogsdill, Jenny Neyman, Kurt Olson, Peter Micciche and Zada Friedersdorff.

Thank you to the over 40 vendors that came together to welcome the crowds after the parade.  Thank you to the community for sharing in the celebration of Soldotna’s 52nd annual Progress Days.

We would like to recognize our Community Partners: ConocoPhillips, Central Peninsula Hospital, Kenai River Sportfishing, Era Alaska, the City of Soldotna, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Alaska USA FCU, Chevron, Wells Fargo, HEA, BP Alaska, Sweeney’s Clothing, First National Bank, Lambe, Tuter & Wagner CPAs, Marathon Alaska Production, Lynden Transport, Kenai River Professional Guides Association and Arby’s.

Without sponsors it would be difficult to fund these wonderful community events!

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