For the eighth consecutive year, Industry Appreciation Days drew sunny skies over Kenai.
As the morning of the event dawned over the Cook Inlet, it appeared the tradition of sunny August skies might be in jeopardy. By 11am however, the cloud cover began to break and when the first free hamburger came off the grill, it was blue skies all around with temperatures as warm as the Kenai economy.
Senator Frank Murkowski visits with State Senator John Torgerson and constituents at Industry Appreciation Day.
U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski was on hand with other national, state, and local dignitaries, "Sure I'll take credit for the sunny weather, it wasn't this nice when we snuck down from Fairbanks to celebrate industry with you here today," said the Senator who spent the afternoon visiting with constituents and discussing local and national issues.
According to Jack Brown, one of the creators of the event, 1,800 hamburgers, 700 hot dogs, 300 pounds of salmon, and 250 - 300 pounds of 4-H pork were distributed by volunteer cooks to the some 5,000 visitors. Additionally, hundreds of watermelons, cotton candies, and carmel corn were handed out at the event.
Former Warden Mike Gilliand of Cornell discusses the ballot issue with Angela Peterkin and daughter 7 month old Elisabeth at Industry Appreciation Day.
Just for coming out to enjoy the day and free food, Marvin and Charlene Parazoo won a trip for two to Hawaii donated by Udelhoven Oil Systems Services. There were more informational booths then ever representing everything from election issues to rock massage. "Jim Hudson said he did some 75 massages," said Brown.
Singled out for special recognition at the event from the oil and gas industry was: Unocal Alaska, Mike Nugent, Agrium, Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, and Jim Evans of Air Liquide.
Carrol Martin served up over 300 pounds of blue ribbon winning roast pork.
From the Commercial Fishing Industry: Doug Blossom, Steve Tvenstrup, Salamatof Seafoods, and Frontier Auto Parts were honored.
For the Tourism: Kathy Tarr, Dan McDowell(The Last Frontiersman), and Bob Favretto of Kenai Chrysler Center received awards.
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