Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Many contribute to another successful Progress Days

On behalf of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors and staff, we wish to thank everyone who contributed time, money and creativity to help make this another successful Progress Days event. We appreciate everyone who entered the parade, everyone who lives and works along the parade route and all who came to see it.

We would also like to recognize Unocal Oil and Gas for another year of sponsorship; Tesoro for the use of its tent; the Peninsula Clarion and local radio stations for their outstanding Progress Days coverage; the VFW Post 10046 for providing Color Guard and the setting up and taking down of the reviewing stand, which was provided by Lynden Transport; to Barbara Ruckman, head of the Judges Committee and the judges (they really had their work cut out for them), Sammie Cole, Rik Bucy, Don Hahn, Joshua Jensen, Wendy Meloon, Jerry Litzenberger, Dwight Johnson, Sara Pozonsky and Joel Kopp; master of ceremonies, Terry Coval; Barbara Ruckman for starting the events by singing the national anthem; C&C Stables for providing a first-class ride for our king and queen; The Music Box for the sound system and technical support; the city of Soldotna and the Soldotna Police Department for all their help and support; Central Emergency Services for the great line-up of vehicles; Seekins Ford, Kenai Chrysler Center, Glacier Pontiac, Buick, GMC and Hutchings Chevrolet for providing cars for the many dignitaries who turned out to help celebrate Soldotna's progress; Arctic Printing for printing our posters; the Soldotna Senior Center for the use of their parking lot; and Coca Cola for providing banners.

Of course, we couldn't have done it without all of the behind-the-scenes assistance of Ken Lancaster, Charlie Weimer and Norm Blakeley as they organized the parade line-up and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for all the strong young men who helped set up and take down the tent and helped with the line-up; the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the use of its parking lot; Les (and Clara) Anderson as our grand marshal and Jim and Betty Harris as our king and queen.

And last, but not least, thanks to all of the vendors who spent hours setting up your booths, opening for businesses, and welcoming the crowds after the parade. We applaud your efforts and are continuously working on making each year bigger and better.

It was truly a grand event celebrating Soldotna's 41st Annual Progress Days!

Justine Polzin

Executive director

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

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