A day of fun for everyone

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008

A day of food, prizes, games and fun is just one day away -- and it's all free.

The 15th annual Kenai Peninsula Borough Industry Appreciation Day, in celebration of the oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism industries, will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the green strip.

"It's fun for everybody and people seem to have a great time," said borough Chief of Staff Tim Navarre.

Several barbecues will be ongoing, providing complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, salmon and pork, Navarre said. There will also be many vendor-sponsored games and prizes. Every booth must give away whatever they're offering for free, Navarre said.

Two grand-prize drawings will be held for two, $500 Tesoro gas cards and at least 30 bicycles will be given away in a children's drawing, Navarre said.

A chili cook-off will be held to determine the peninsula's best chili and a people's choice award will also be distributed.

Kids can compete in the frozen T-shirt contest to see who can unroll and put on a frozen shirt the fastest, Navarre said.

Borough Mayor John Williams will emcee the event and Sen. Ted Stevens will attend as the VIP guest. Awards will also be presented to individuals and businesses from all three industries, Navarre said. The band Tuff-e-Nuff will provide music for the day, said Tina Baldridge, executive director for Kenai's Chamber of Commerce.

"It should be a lot of fun for the whole family," she said.

"It's been fun to be involved with this for all these years," Navarre said, who's been a part of industry appreciation day all 15 years. "It's a way to thank all the businesses and individuals that make our borough a better place to work and play."

Mike Nesper can be reached at mike.nesper@peninsulaclarion.com.

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