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Community prepares to parade for progress

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2002

In its 42nd year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

It is free and open to anyone, but people interested must fill out an application form available from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who plans on parading in one of the 13 catagories should line up on Aspen Drive around 9 a.m.

"It's just an an annual community event that is great to see everyone get out," said Justine Polzin, executive director at the chamber.

This year, spectators can watch the parade as it follows the tried-and-true route along Binkley Street. Starting at 11 a.m., it will go from Aspen Drive to Marydale Avenue, then south along Binkley Street. From there it will go to West Wilson Lane across from Safeway. The procession will end at the corner of Wilson Lane and Warehouse Drive.

Grand marshal Katherine Parker -- who donated the land for Parker Park where Saturday's festivities take place -- will lead the parade. Other notables set to appear in the parade are Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Central Emergency Services chief, Jeff Tucker, various candidates running for office and the Progress Days king and queen, Mavis Blazy-Lancaster and Ken Lancaster.

Floats will be judged as the parade passes the reviewing stand in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on Binkley Street, and ribbons will be awarded for first and second places in each category, as well as one grand prize overall ribbon at the entertainment gala on West Park Avenue.

Post parade festivities, set to begin at noon, include entertainment by the Elmendorf Air Force Band, Top Cover, Don the Magician, the car show, vendors and food.

The entire weekend is made possible by the donations of Unocal Oil and Gas Corporation.

"They basically sponsor the event," said Polzin. "They are the only monetary sponsor. When we asked for more money to do more, they stepped right up to the plate. They've just done a great job."

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

In its 42nd year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

It is free and open to anyone, but people interested must fill out an application form available from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who plans on parading in one of the 13 catagories should line up on Aspen Drive around 9 a.m.

"It's just an an annual community event that is great to see everyone get out," said Justine Polzin, executive director at the chamber.

This year, spectators can watch the parade as it follows the tried-and-true route along Binkley Street. Starting at 11 a.m., it will go from Aspen Drive to Marydale Avenue, then south along Binkley Street. From there it will go to West Wilson Lane across from Safeway. The procession will end at the corner of Wilson Lane and Warehouse Drive.

Grand marshal Katherine Parker -- who donated the land for Parker Park where Saturday's festivities take place -- will lead the parade. Other notables set to appear in the parade are Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Central Emergency Services chief, Jeff Tucker, various candidates running for office and the Progress Days king and queen, Mavis Blazy-Lancaster and Ken Lancaster.

Floats will be judged as the parade passes the reviewing stand in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on Binkley Street, and ribbons will be awarded for first and second places in each category, as well as one grand prize overall ribbon at the entertainment gala on West Park Avenue.

Post parade festivities, set to begin at noon, include entertainment by the Elmendorf Air Force Band, Top Cover, Don the Magician, the car show, vendors and food.

The entire weekend is made possible by the donations of Unocal Oil and Gas Corporation.

"They basically sponsor the event," said Polzin. "They are the only monetary sponsor. When we asked for more money to do more, they stepped right up to the plate. They've just done a great job."

HEAD:Community prepares to parade for progress

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

In its 42nd year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

It is free and open to anyone, but people interested must fill out an application form available from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who plans on parading in one of the 13 catagories should line up on Aspen Drive around 9 a.m.

"It's just an an annual community event that is great to see everyone get out," said Justine Polzin, executive director at the chamber.

This year, spectators can watch the parade as it follows the tried-and-true route along Binkley Street. Starting at 11 a.m., it will go from Aspen Drive to Marydale Avenue, then south along Binkley Street. From there it will go to West Wilson Lane across from Safeway. The procession will end at the corner of Wilson Lane and Warehouse Drive.

Grand marshal Katherine Parker -- who donated the land for Parker Park where Saturday's festivities take place -- will lead the parade. Other notables set to appear in the parade are Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Central Emergency Services chief, Jeff Tucker, various candidates running for office and the Progress Days king and queen, Mavis Blazy-Lancaster and Ken Lancaster.

Floats will be judged as the parade passes the reviewing stand in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on Binkley Street, and ribbons will be awarded for first and second places in each category, as well as one grand prize overall ribbon at the entertainment gala on West Park Avenue.

Post parade festivities, set to begin at noon, include entertainment by the Elmendorf Air Force Band, Top Cover, Don the Magician, the car show, vendors and food.

The entire weekend is made possible by the donations of Unocal Oil and Gas Corporation.

"They basically sponsor the event," said Polzin. "They are the only monetary sponsor. When we asked for more money to do more, they stepped right up to the plate. They've just done a great job."



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