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Feeling industrious? Apply appetites to annual event

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2004

Those with an appetite for free stuff will have a chance to fill up this weekend at an event designed to highlight industries on the Kenai Peninsula.

The 12th annual Industry Appreciation Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Kenai on the green strip of lawn next to the baseball field on Main Street Loop. The afternoon will feature food, games, drawings and live music, all at no cost to those who attend.

"Everything's free. There's no entry fee," said Aud Walaszek, executive director Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council and one of the organizers of the event.

In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs and Kenai Wild salmon, the free food provided will include roasted pig. Three 4-H raised pigs are being donated by invited guests U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, state Sen. Tom Wagoner and Rep. Mike Chenault, according to Walaszek.

Games for all ages include a frozen salmon toss.

"Anyone from age 2 to 102 can come out and 'Pitch a Pink,'" Walaszek said.

Politicians who hold or are running for office will be invited to compete against one another to see who can chuck a frozen salmon farthest in the "Pitch a Pink Political Challenge."

Kids can enter the frozen T-shirt contest. Entrants will compete in different age groups to see who can pull open a T-shirt that's been frozen and put it on the fastest. The contest is difficult for the contestants and entertaining for the audience.

"It's harder than you think," Walaszek said. "It's a stitch to watch."

The quickest in each age group to pull on the icy garment wins a bicycle, donated by R&K Industrial. Fast or slow, each kids who gives it a go gets to keep the T-shirt.

For those 18 and older, a prize more likely to appeal to adults is up for grabs. A grand prize drawing will be held for two round-trip tickets to adult Disneyland, also known as Las Vegas.

Live music will be provided by Tuff-e-Nuff.

In appreciation of major industries on the peninsula, awards will be given to outstanding individuals in the oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism industries.

Although the afternoon is held in appreciation of industry throughout the Kenai Peninsula, many of the individuals responsible for organizing Industry Appreciation Day represent business, governmental and other organizations based in the cities of Soldotna and Kenai.

"It's a great example of the sister cities working together," Walaszek said.



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