Snowball takes a turn during kids Monopoly tournament at Aspen Hotel in Soldotna.
The traditional Peninsula Winter Games kick-off at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna crowned a new Adult Monopoly Tournament champion last week. After all the properties, houses, hotels and cash was tallied Connie Knuppenburg, an ACS outside plant construction clerk, emerged as the overall winner and heir to the Monopoly championship title. Last year's winner, Dan Green was unavailable to defend his title as he was watching his son play Aces hockey in Anchorage. Both Monopoly Champions however, may face each other down the road in a playoff to determine who will represent Alaska at the National Monopoly Tournament. The national competitions are held every four years, and according to Barb Blakeley, president of the Peninsula Winter Games (PWG), it is the PWG's intention to send one player to the nationals in 2007.
Knuppenburg played in last year's tournament but failed to make it into the final round, "Last year helped me develop a little strategy, but I played a lot when I was a kid. It's all about handling money," said Knuppenburg. For her efforts and fun Knuppenburg won over $3,000 in prizes including round trip airline tickets via ERA Airlines, hotel accommodations at Aspen Hotels, and $1,000 travel voucher, "My husbands niece is getting married in April so we'll use the travel voucher and airline tickets for a trip to California and a swing through Arizona to visit my mother," said Knuppenburg.
The next morning it was the kids turn to play Monopoly for fun and prizes at the kids Monopoly tournament. Ryan Hatt of Soldotna was the overall winner taking home approximately $500 in recreation gear and toys from Fred Myers, plus a birthday pool party at the Aspen Hotel complete with all the trimmings. Runners up and prize winners in the Kids Tournament were Jesse Chumley of Sterling, Tasha Waterbury, Soldotna, Jonathon Knight, Soldotna, Jennifer Zacharias, Kenai, and Eric Nygard. All participants feasted on McDonald's cheeseburgers, fries and cookies. "We really appreciate all the local sponsors and volunteers who made this year's Monopoly Tournament the best ever," said Barb Blakeley.
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