Sport, trade show starts today

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2004

Further proof that summer is just around the corner arrives this weekend, when the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade Show comes to the Soldotna Sports Center.

The show, which begins today and runs through Sunday, will feature vendors offering a variety of outdoor recreation products, ranging from camping gear to recreational vehicles.

"There is stuff at this show that's new, just come out on the market, that people have never even seen before," said show promoter Terry Coval.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors and free for children under 8 years old. The show will begin at 3 p.m. today and run through 8 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, the event gets started at 10 a.m. The show will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday, with events shutting down for good at 5 p.m. Sunday.

One of the more unique events this year is the Kids' Trout Pond, where children will have a chance to catch tagged fish worth fun prizes.

According to Coval, the show also will feature a number of products outdoor enthusiasts may have never seen before.

Those attending the sports show might want to stop by and visit with 2004 Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey. Seavey, who became the second peninsula musher to win the Iditarod with his victory last month, will be honored Saturday at the Sports Center during a special ceremony to proclaim April 24, 2004 as "Mitch Seavey Day" in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The ceremony will feature a proclamation from Borough Mayor Dale Bagley honoring Seavey for winning the world's most famous sled dog race.

A reception for Seavey, including time for him to sign autographs for fans, will follow Bagley's presentation. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the side conference room at the Soldotna Sports Center, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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