Juneau enjoys the fifth Governor’s Family Picnic


Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell dish out food. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Gov. Sean Parnell shakes hands with members of the Juneau Jumpers. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

The beginning of the Governor's Family Picnic saw blue skies. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Panning for gold at the Governor's Picnic. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

The Governor's Picnic featured fun for the whole family. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

A choice of chips was offered at the Governor's Picnic. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Representative Beth Kerttula poses for a picture at the Governor's Family Picnic in Savikko Park. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

A Choose Respect booth at the Governor's Family Picnic featured different colors of rubber bracelets. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Lines at the Governor’s Family Picnic  Tuesday evening at Savikko Park were short but steady.

“I think people know we’re not going to run out of food and people just kind of came when they got off work and their families are here. Sandy Beach is packed,” said Cathie Roemmich, co-chair of the governor’s picnic committee.

The picnic’s menu included hot dogs, cookies, soda, chips and 250 pounds of salmon. Fillets of sockeye and coho came from local processors Taku Smokeries, Icy Straight Seafoods, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, as well as from local fishing boats.

Glenn Haight and his crew were responsible for grilling the marinated fish. “It’s a little bit of soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic and butter,” Haight described.

Joining commissioners, deputy commissioners, and cabinet members in the serving line was Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.

“I enjoy serving as Lieutenant Governor and I enjoy serving hot dogs and salmon,” Treadwell said.

Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell hosted the event for the fifth year in a row. In between serving food, the couple shared how they like their hot dogs cooked.

“Slightly burned on one side and more raw on the other, ” Governor Parnell laughed.

“I like it with a little bit of black on the sides,” said First Lady Sandy Parnell. “Definitely got to be grilled; can’t be boiled.”

Juneau was the fourth stop for the Governor’s Family Picnic. The last picnic of the summer will be in Homer on Thursday.

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