Eighty-plus Cooper Landing residents participated in the 24th Annual Snug Harbor Snail-A-Thon. Walkers, bikers and several "hitchhikers" (kids in back packs, wagons and strollers) made the five-mile trek up Snug Harbor Road to the picnic site while others drove in vehicles with their potluck dishes. Many of the participants picked up litter along the way. Twelve large bags of trash were collected.
Special thanks to Sally Davis for publicity, Ladonna Herbert for setting up the potluck and collecting food donations from local businesses; Hamilton's Place, The Shrew's Nest, Gwin's and Food Services of America.
Carrie Williams gathered special prizes for the kids who helped with litter cleanup. Those contributing to the prizes were the Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Cooper Landing Historical Society, the Department of Transportation, First National Bank, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, Kenai Lake Cabins & Tackle, Kenai Cache, Gwin's Lodge, Landing Latte, Wildman's, Shrew's Nest, Meghan's Coffee, Ken and Lori Bartlett and John and Carrie Williams.
Thanks to; Tom and Arlene Knock, Malcolm Herbert, Will Troyer and Perley Jones for picnic site preparation, the bonfire and camp coffee; Helen Gwin, Jacque Greenman and Kerry Romig for being mile checks and for hauling off the bags of litter to the Dumpster. (Helen Gwin has been a mile checker every year.)
Agnes Schmitz was the oldest walker at 90 years of age. She has participated in all 24 Snail-A-Thons. Grace Reger pushed our youngest participant, 3-months, 2-week-old Olivia Reger in a stroller. Mike Smith was noted with the most participants on three wheels pulling three kids in a bicycle trailer and a tiny bike hanging off the back.
This was a special Snail-A-Thon requesting donations rather than seeking the usual sponsor pledges. The Community Club will use the funds for operation costs and utilities. Thank you for supporting this event with your participation and generous donations.
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