Lots of hands create winning float

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

Lots of hands create winning float

The Nikiski Senior Citizens had fun with building this year's float: Fish Tails or Fishy Tales? We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who contributed to the success of this float, which won first place in the organization category, and, for the second year in a row, won grand prize overall.

There is no way to say thanks enough to Weaver Brothers and Jim Doyle who once again had his No. 1 rig pulling the float. Ed Clark was our driver; again he made sure that the float ride was a smooth one. We are also very grateful for the donations of paint from Nikiski Building Supply; wire for the construction of the rock chairs from Kenai River Nursery; candy from Three Bears; the lighthouse's light from B & C Auto Parts; and the nets, rope and other fishing items that were donated by Jim Evenson. There would have not been a float if not for their generous support.

Janet Varvais designed the layout for the float. The lighthouse and chair rocks were designed and built by David Lashley. Sherry Collinsworth painted the chair rocks and with the help of Lynn Collinsworth, Josh Fulton, and Luke Nelson, Leigh Sanger, David Lashley and Retha Hall worked long hours putting the float together. Retha Hall also designed and made the mermaids' outfits, with help of Marita Wolverton.

Our senior mermaids were Harriet Womac, Mary Ritter, Delma Moore and Lorraine Rudy. Our future senior mermaids were Carin Tauriainen, Lily Arnett, Melissa Meeks and Kayli Kichens. Tom Holland, Morris Quale, Bill Perrigo, and Julian Lashley were our fisherman. Kevin Arnett provided the music and sound system. The candy walkers were Leigh Sanger, Retha Hall, Nancy Aitken, David Lashley, Keith Meeks and Shondra Kitchens.

Everyone above as well as Alex Amegin, Skip Arnett and Lessie Perrigo helped to dismantle the float.

We appreciate the Kenai Chamber of Commerce for organizing this annual event. We enjoy participating in the Fourth of July parades, and we have lots of fun coming up with unusual ideas for the floats. The Nikiski Seniors are looking forward to the 2002 parade and hope more groups participate in building a float.

Leigh Hagstrom-Sanger

Nikiski Senior Citizens Inc.

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