What does selling your home or buying a new one have in common with the latest in recreational toys or catching a fish at the ADF&G portable Trout Pond? The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) that's what. As an organization that has been known for sponsoring a variety of events to support local organizations including Hospice, KPAR has recently stepped up to take on the annual Kenai Sport Rec & Trade Show coordination. Now in its 26th year, the annual spring event that gathers vendors from throughout Alaska was in jeopardy of closing when the show's promoter, Terry Coval, left Alaska last year. "It'll be a lot of work, but its something that will allow us to continue to raise funds for Hospice and Habitat for Humanity on the Kenai Peninsula, while continuing a popular spring community event and growing the show with new ideas and more vendors," said KPAR chief executive officer Kari Butler.
Former Borough Mayor Dale Bagley of Redoubt Realty will co-chair the event this year along with KPAR past president Stacie Krause of Freedom Realty. "This is a big step for the Association but we are excited and looking forward to doing this and continuing to be able to give back to the community," said Bagley. "People may think it's too early to be thinking spring, but actually most of the sponsorship opportunities are already full and its time for vendors to secure their space at the show.
We still have a few opportunities like the sponsorship of the Fish Pond which is always a big hit at the show, so anyone interested should contact our KPAR CEO, Kari Butler, right away," added Krause.
According to Butler, package opportunities that are still available include great exposure in all print advertising, posters, website and radio advertising, as well as special mention in the Peninsula Clarion's annual special Sport Show guide. "This special Denali Package also includes six to twelve 10' x 9' booth, as well as prominent banner space at the Show. We also have an opportunity for a Salmon Sponsor to sponsor the Sport-Fish Simulator. The Sport-Fish Simulator has proven to be one of the Show's most popular and long-standing attractions. Something just happens when people walk by and see the fun others are having on the Simulator," she said. This year's Sport Rec & Trade Show will be held May 6th - 8th at the Soldotna Sports Center.
While ice sculptures and hockey are still the main attraction at the Soldotna Sports Center it won't be long before the winds of spring will be melting the Peninsula and everyone will be looking forward to the fun. "Everyone loves all the food at the show and vendor space is filling up quickly, so we encourage you to reserve your spot today," added Butler. For more information on vendor booth space, event details and show advertising information through the Peninsula Clarion visit the Sport, Rec & Trade Show link on www.PeninsulaClarion.com or call KPAR at 262-1851.
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