Nikiski ready to celebrate summer

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

Days are getting longer and the thermometers are creeping toward 70 degrees. It is time for Nikiski's 10th annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival.

"The emphasis is on relaxing, socializing and catching up on gossip. It's an opportunity for every age group to get out on a sunny day and do something," said Karen Kester, recreation director of the North Peninsula Recreation Area.

Activities for Saturday are planned by a triumvirate of the North Peninsula Recreation Area, the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Nikiski Fire Department. They are meant for the community to celebrate the end of winter and allow for area nonprofit organizations to raise some money, Kester said.

The day's events are kicked off with a five mile walk or run sponsored by the Nikiski cross-country running team. There is a $15 fee to participate, and registration starts at 9 a.m. with the race following at 10.

At noon, the rest of the booths will open. Church youth groups, Boy Scouts and the wrestling club all have carnival booths for children of any age. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be age appropriate games for children, and at the end of the day there is a drawing for family prizes.

"The emphasis is on family fun," Kester said.

In addition to the various games, the day is also full of music and a lot of food.

Several area businesses and organizations will sell their creations ranging from turkey drumsticks to Cajun seafood. On an educational note, there will be informational booths with Sen. Jerry Ward and the National Guard.

New to the celebration this year is a teen dance sponsored by the Nikiski Pool Foundation. The dance begins at 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 or two cans of food.

Kester said, she expects a crowd of 750 to 850 people for the event at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Arena and Nikiski Pool parking lots.

"Just come enjoy yourself," Kester said. "Bring money and sunscreen."

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