Kenai celebrates 'Spirit of Alaska'

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2002

More than 100 participants drove, walked and rode down the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade.

"Everyone in the parade should have gotten a prize for showing their spirit," said Tambria Miller, who helped coordinate the nine other judges. "The best part was seeing the American and Alaska spirit on display.

"The absolute hardest division to judge was the youth because all the kids did just a great job," she said.

However, in the end, choosing the winners is what a judge is there to do. Following are the results from the parade:

Grand Prize -- Nikiski Senior Citizens Center

Commercial -- First place: Cottonwood Country Club; second place: Diamond M Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Organization -- First place: Kenai Senior Citizens Center; second place: Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Kenai Native Association and Salamatof Native Council

Equestrian -- First place: 4-H; second place: C and C Stables

Youth -- First place: Arctic Young Marines; second place: Peninsula Martial Arts

Auto -- First place: Harley Owners; second place: Doug Anderson, The Tractor Doctor

Political -- First place: Kenai Peninsula Republican Women; second place: Alaska Voters Organization.

The chamber will present the awards at its Wednesday meeting.

Due to an editing error, the first place organization winner was incorrectly reported in Friday's newspaper. The Kenai Senior Citizens Center won that award. The Clarion regrets the error.

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