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.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.
- Musher Seth Barnes said early Monday that the last 100 miles of trail coming north to Circle "literally was perfect ... definitely the best trail I’ve been on all year.” His dogs had trained on gravel most of the winter.