The days may not have been as shiny and bright as many have been this summer, but the wind and the clouds didn't dampen the excitement any during Soldotna's 43rd Annual Progress Days celebration last week. Speaking about the progress he sees in his city, Soldotna's exuberant Mayor David Carey said, "Things are growing all over the area at almost every level. The picnic and Progress days, and crowds at the parade have grown greatly. Things are up and we're having a great year in Soldotna."
City Councilwoman Sharon Moock said the city officials who were the volunteer cooks for the picnic had gone through at least 10 cases of hot dogs by about 2:00pm, "One thing about Alaskans, they know how to eat! It may be a little cooler than last year, but no body seems to mind, everybody is having a great time," said Moock. Over the last 19 years Moock has seen a large increase in the tourist industry and while the growth is encouraging she feels we need to work on better facilities to accommodate visitors in the future, "We need some more infrastructure, we're a little short on rest rooms and those type of facilities, but we're working on it and we're growing every year," added Moock.
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey presents "Peoples Choice" car show trophy to Wendy Hudson & Bill Banta at Soldotna Creek Park.
"Top Cover," a contemporary band from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, provided the stirring entertainment for the day. The band also played at the Senior Center while adults sat in chairs and enjoyed the music; kids of all ages bounced and played on the giant inflatable games. The car show was also a highlight with many youth participating. The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions helped sponsor the event and had an organ tissue donation registration sign up. When the day was over, 15 new donors had registered to help bring life to others.
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