Sun brings midnight fun

Local solstice celebrations abound

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2005

Alaska is the only place that more than 20 hours of sunlight still isn't enough to get everything done in a day. Don't believe it? Then try to squeeze in all of this weekend's summer solstice celebrations.

In Nikiski, the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival promises entertainment for all ages.

This event is sponsored by the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, North Peninsula Recreation Service Area and the Nikiski Fire Department.

Festivities begin Saturday at the North Peninsula Recreation Center with a fun run registration at 9 a.m.

Vendor booths open and age appropriate games begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.

Numerous family prizes also will be given out and there will be a drawing to determine the winner of the Clarion's Scrambler contest — who will be awarded $500.

The solstice will be celebrated on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula, as well.

"This will be our 27th annual festival," said Heather Lindquist, an organizer for the Moose Pass Summer Solstice Celebration being held at Mile 29.5 of the Seward Highway from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"It's a real family oriented festival that's a lot of fun for kids and adults," Lindquist said.

Vendor booths, arts, crafts, games, food, a pie-baking contest, beer garden and live music are some of the planned activities.

"There will also be a big live auction Sunday at 2 p.m. with really good items donated from various businesses," Lindquist said.

Auction items in the past have included Kenai Fjords trips and bed-and-breakfast weekends.

She added there also will be a raffle with several items, including a $500 gift certificate to the Sportsman's Warehouse in Anchorage and a chain saw carving of a bear.

Lindquist said proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Moose Pass Community Hall, fire department, EMS and library.

Closer to home, the KDLL Art and Music Festival will be held from noon to midnight Saturday at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The event aims to drench those in attendance with 12 straight hours of live music to go along with the hours of sunlight.

Paul Gerardi, Mike Morgan, Worth Many Cattle, the Spur Highway Spankers, the Mabrey Brothers, 60/40, Nancy Anderson, the Gottsche Family Band, Katie and the Couzins, the North Road Pounders, David Edwards-Smith and Turk, the Tim Sturm Band, the DNA Band and Mo Betta Blues will play.

There also will be vendor booths and a beer garden. All ages are welcome, but pets are not allowed.

Admission for KDLL members is $35 for a family of two adults and three kids, $10 for seniors 60 and older, $12 for adults, $5 for kids age 6 to 14 and free for kids age 5 and under.

Admission for non-KDLL members is $45 for a family, $12 for seniors, $15 for adults, $8 for older kids and free for younger kids.

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