Megan Kohler displays helmet safety for bikes and roller blades.
2005 Soldotna Safety Day was wet, wild and wonderful. The circling of the Alaska State Troopers Search and Rescue helicopter and the releasing of State Farm bright red balloons signaled the start of the event!
The purpose of this annual event is two fold: to show community support and appreciation for our local law enforcement agencies and to encourage safe FUN in all activities, whether outdoors or indoors.
Every year the event grows with new participants. This year we added Peninsula Driving Academy with Mike Moore and Peninsula Martial Arts with Mike Hancock. Mr. Moore had his student car in full display and Mr. Hancock and his dojo gave some excellent Kata performances as well as displaying the different safety gear next to the dojo's trophies. Also new to our event was crime dog, McGruff, the U.S. Forestry Smokey the Bear, Fred Bear and State Farm's Good Neigh Bear entertaining young and old with their friendly antics.
This year's emphasis was on helmet safety for bikes and roller blades. Miss Megan Kohler displayed the correct wearing of these items, rolling around the crowds, safely.
Agent Nancy Mitchell and her staff sponsored the event, hosted by Fred Meyer. Tents of the various participants dotted the parking lot. The main tent housed the Alaska State Troopers and their robot bear, the Soldotna City police and their cotton candy machine, the State Farm booth and Women's Resource and Crisis Center. In the store the puppet shows were performed by Peninsula Christian Center. Outside, the motor cross cars were racing at break neck speeds (though safely). Central Peninsula Emergency Services had one of their wonderful fire trucks as well as a paramedic's response vehicle. While these activities were occurring, the Coast Guard inspected the local guide boats for boat safety. In between helicopters, boats, fire trucks and racing vehicles, it was a wild day!
This event would not be possible without the community support of local business establishments such as Zumwalts Music, Peninsula Christian Center, Glen Martin, Beemums, Gold Wing Road Riders, and the Kenai Water Shed Forum. The various entertainers donate their time even in miserable weather: Nancy Anderson, Whitey and Liz Dyment of the Blue Moon Revue and Judy and John Hall. The Community is a better place because of people who care for the safety of others.
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