The theme of this year's Christmas Comes To Kenai Electric Lights Parade was "Christmas through the eyes of a Child," and the theme of the Grand prize winning float was, "Peninsula Winter Games, kids are our greatest resource, something for everyone in 48 hours," sponsored by the Peninsula Winter Games.
The theme was enacted aboard the 48-foot flat bed tractor-trailer donated by Airport Equipment Rentals, "We had a mixture of Christmas morning with a little blonde girl waking up to find an elf jumping out of a box and giving her the ice skates that she had written to Santa for because she had been practicing so hard for the Winter Games. The rest of the float was a winter wonderland with just about every Winter Game event being demonstrated by children of all ages from the Kenai and Soldotna area, and of course the Winter Games mascot Snowball the polar bear," said an excited Aud Walaszek, executive director for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (KPTMC). KPTMC will be facilitating this year's Peninsula Winter Games coming January 31st-February 1st, '04 featuring more than 20 events in 48 hours.
According to Walaszek more than 100 volunteers worked to complete the float, which featured custom carvings by artist Scott Hanson of Sterling, "It took two generators to run the bazillion lights that were donated by Christmas Dcor in Homer and our special Christmas music sound system."
In a tie for the Grand Prize honors this year was a lighted Igloo with Santa and his reindeer flying over, constructed aboard a flat bed tractor-trailer and entered by John Klimpke of T&G Construction. 1st Place award honors went the Home Depot entry, 2nd Place to the float sponsored by Fred Myers, and 3rd Place to Williams Express. Receiving Honorable Mention awards this year from among the 22 entries were the Kenai Senior Center, and C&C Stables. Winners were honored at the Wednesday meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.
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