The Kenai Peninsula's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games becomes official today at 1:30 p.m., when a contract signing ceremony is held at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.
The contract is a legal agreement between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, guaranteeing that the borough will put on the international athletic competition.
In addition to the borough officials expected to sign the document -- including Mayor Dale Bagley and assembly President Pete Sprague -- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, Kenai Mayor John Williams, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Homer Mayor Jack Cushing and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson will attend the ceremony. International committee President Gerry Thicke will represent the Arctic Winter Games.
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Chuda Kuya Drummers will offer a special performance during the ceremony in tribute to the 2006 games.
According to bid organizer Jack Brown, besides the legal significance of signing the contract, today's ceremony will be a celebration of the community spirit required to present a winning bid. When the international committee made its final bid decision, it cited the peninsula's strong community involvement as being a deciding factor.
Brown said the entire community is welcome to attend both today's contract signing and a reception to follow at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 3 p.m.
"We hope to fill the place up," Brown said "It should be fun."
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