It's time for fun in the sun on the peninsula

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008

Although we're not quite sure if summer has arrived yet weather-wise, it still becomes official at 11:59 tonight.

That means we're in the middle of experiencing the most daylight we'll see all year -- we're talking just a smidge of darkness between about 2 and 2:15 a.m.

The long days of summer are what most Alaskans crave, and it's part of the wonder of living here.

It means watching a Peninsula Oilers baseball game without lights -- even if there are extra innings. It's means playing those extra nine holes of golf, or planting more flowers in the garden, or taking your kids to the beach to fly kites.

Here on the central Kenai Peninsula, we're pretty good at finding ways to celebrate the extra daylight, and this weekend is no exception. Residents will have four options: Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival at the Nikiski pool area; the Summer Solstice Music Festival at the Diamond M Ranch; the Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival at the Moose Pass community; and across Kachemak Bay for the Summer Solstice Music Festival in Seldovia.

Each covers a wide range of entertainment for young and old with everything from runs, sack and three-legged races, a cow-milking contest and buggy rides pulled by a llama to a pie-baking contest, beer garden and just about any kind of music you're in the mood for.

If there's one thing peninsula residents love to do, it's celebrate the sun. Enjoy the daylight.

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