Ninilchik concert great; community spirit even better

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2006

On June 10, Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds was privileged to be the host for a wonderful concert — Bousaleil, plus Arlo Guthrie and family. I’m actually writing to tell you about the community that came together to make this happen.

The day dawned raining and after a few phone calls, a volunteer crew from Marathon Oil Co., ASCR, Keith Presley of Chinook Tesoro and the boys basketball team showed up and we were able to put up the tent to fend off the rain. Then Tim and Jodi Evers from Deep Creek Sports Shop brought in a trailer, so the bands could have a warm and cozy place to wait. Then Bill Steik, Helena Bock and Jodi Evers brought king salmon and halibut so the bands could try our local fare.

Several Fair Association members came and helped prepare a wonderful feast, one that will live in the bands’ memories for a long time. I can’t forget Cindy Schnabl, Ninilchik volunteer extraordinaire. I don’t know what the fair would do without her. She was busy making pizzas for the Lady Wolverines to sell as a fundraiser and still had time to fill in and help out.

After the concert, this morning dawned with a damp sky and I was wondering how I was going to get the trash cleaned up and the benches put away. As I was thinking of who I could call, the lower peninsula 4-H crew showed up.

The Trailblazers and Jolly Ranchers delayed their own farm tour to put up the benches and clean up the trash. The Trailblazers are always a phone call away whenever the fair needs them.

What a blessing you all are and how thankful the fair board is to have you as a part of our team. Thank you.

Lara E. McGinnis

Fair manager

Kenai Peninsula State Fair

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