Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Many contribute to bigger, better Progress Days event

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, who lives and works along the parade route and all who came to see it.

We also would like to recognize Unocal Oil & 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 the 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, Wendy Meloon, Courtney Beddow, Michael Beck, Paul Gray and Gary Turner; master of ceremonies, Merrill Sikorski; Barbara Ruckman for starting the events by singing the National Anthem; 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; the Soldotna Senior Center for the use of its parking lot; the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific for providing "Top Cover"; United Rentals for the use of a generator; the parade line-up crew; Robin and Dave Sullens for designing and building the chamber float; Barbara and Jason Elson for an entire day of helping; Dan Mortenson for bringing the bleachers to the event; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for supplying the strong young men that helped set up and take down the tent; the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the use of its parking lot and electricity; Catherine Parker as our grand marshal and Ken and Mavis Lancaster as our king and queen.

And last but not least, thanks to all of the vendors who spent hours setting up booths, opening for business 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 42nd Annual Progress Days!

Justine Polzin, executive director

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

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