The flags of the participating contingents of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games now fly at the Kenai Airport.
As the Kenai Peninsula prepares to welcome the world in 2006, the flags of the circumpolar nations that will participate in the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games were raised this week at the entrance to the Kenai Airport and the Arctic Winter Games headquarters in Kenai. Members of the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society, with help from the City of Kenai and City of Soldotna, raised the flags of the 9 circumpolar contingents that will be participating in the coming Games.
They are the flags of Alaska, Alberta, Greenland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Russia, Sami, and Yukon. The 2006 AWG Headquarters are located at the PRISM Fire Training Center in Kenai. The flag raising was a joint effort between the City of Kenai and the City of Soldotna. The City of Soldotna provided the flag poles and the Kenai City crews installed the flag poles at their permanent locations. The flags will wave proudly from now until the closing of the Games. "The flags going up represent our message to Alaska and the other participating countries that we can't wait for them to arrive in 2006!" noted Mr. Loren Smith, General Manager of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. Mr. Smith further commented "I appreciate the cities of Kenai and Soldotna making this possible. This joint effort between the two cities to raise the international flags is another great example of the community spirit that helped us win the Bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games."
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be held in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in March, 2006 and is expected to include over 1,900 athletes and cultural performers and 1,500 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations including Canada, Russia, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the U.S.A. (Alaska). The 7-day event will require over 3,000 volunteers and is expected to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 spectators. The budget for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games, including the two years of planning and development efforts leading up to the 2006 Games, is projected at $5.3 million cash and in-kind contributions.
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