Gov’s picnic coming up

Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will be serving up hotdogs Thursday at the Third Annual Governor’s Picnic in Juneau.

Serving hotdogs are the Parnell’s choice, leaving the fresh salmon to the fishermen who cook it, says Chamber of Commerce Director Cathie Roemmich. It’s an impressive list of commercial fishermen and processing companies that give the salmon and prepare it there:

“Icy Strait Seafood, Taku Smokeries, Alaska Glacier Seafood, United Fishermen of Alaska, United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association and Fishing Vessel Mikiah Bay,” Roemmich says. “And these guys plan ahead. We ask them ahead of time; we’re always afraid they’re not going to be able to do it again and they do. They pull it off every year. It’s a great recipe and I don’t think they’ve ever divulged it.”

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be giving lessons on making lures. There’s a horseshoe toss, face painting, balloon animals and other activities for kids. Spike the Whale and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand for pictures.

Roemmich says the entire governor’s cabinet is expected to be serving food at the picnic, which is coordinated by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. A number of local and statewide businesses contribute.

Juneau’s is the last of a series of governor’s picnics this summer. The Parnell’s held picnics last month in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the MatSu.

The picnic runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Beach Shelters.

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