Late run visitors still get "Hooked on Kenai"

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2002

As the Kenai Chamber of Commerce prepares for the "Holiday Hooked on Kenai" run, late run visitors are still voting for their favorite decorated King Salmon at the Hooked on Kenai Headwaters at the Kenai Airport and picking up tour maps that locate the 45 creatively decorated fiber glass salmon displayed at area businesses.

Over 40 volunteers distributed throughout Alaska this summer and to visitors at the Kenai Airport, forty thousand tour maps. Fourteen weeks of free fishing charters were given away during the program sponsored by local fishing guides.

Program creator, Aud Walaszek, Kenai Chamber of Commerce executive director, and assistant Carol Bannock, are now looking forward to the next big event, "The Hooked on Kenai Wild Festival," coming October 5th, in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Festival will feature the newly Kenai branded salmon. Following the "Wild" event will come the Holiday Hooked on Kenai, in conjunction the Village of Lights celebration November 1st.

"The Hooked on Kenai program is merely the tip of the iceberg, an example of what can be accomplished through a network of ownership in an idea or program to promote commerce," said Walaszek. For more information contact the Kenai Chamber at 283-7989.

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