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People, parade, fun and sun create great Fourth celebration

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2003

What a celebration we had in Kenai on the Fourth of July! It wasn't just the weather that made Kenai's Independence Day celebration the greatest ever. It was the parade, the people and the fun day of events on Kenai's green strip.

This year, thousands of parade-goers sat bathing in the hot sun while watching 100 parade entries pass by. Wow! Now that is what you call a parade! Thank you to all who entered the parade making the 2003 "Let Freedom Ring" parade the largest in history!

All this fun doesn't come without a lot of work by all the behind-the-scene grinders (volunteers). I would like to publicly thank the city of Kenai, Kenai Police Department, Kenai Fire Department, Tim Navarre, Mark and Anita Necessary, Lorri Kinney, Randi Marie Canady, Pat Porter, Rachel Craig, Luann Barrett, Bill Osborne, Kenai Senior Center, Phyllis Starks, Dr. Dennis Swarner, Michelle Glaves, Cherie Brewer, Steve Holloway, KSRM, Norman Thornton, Diane Howard, Summer Walters, Bob Roach, Ed Aisenbrey, Moose Lodge, American Legion, Lonnie Kay Brooks, Arctic Young Marines, Bob Springer, Bill Grimm, Bob Frates, Cory Hershberger, Rod and Robert Peterkin, Kathy Moore, Bekkie Jackson, Teresa Honrud, Peninsula Clarion, Country Foods, Radio Shack, Old Town Restaurant, Blockbuster Video, Mike Silba and the Music Box, Zachary Moore, Randy Jackson, Brittnay Kiser, Shaun Kiser, Crystal Hayes, Margaret Gilman, Rebecca Gilman and "the Gilman Girls," Hannah Watkins, Kenai Chrysler, New Life Assembly of God and the Cutie Pies who painted faces all afternoon on kidlets at the chamber tent. Thank you!

Finally, I want to thank my husband, Randy, for putting up with his busy, cranky? (OK, at times, a little) wife while pulling the parade together.

It takes a village!

Colleen Canady, executive director, Kenai Chamber of Commerce



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