Annual governor’s picnic today

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

Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell dish out food at the 2013 picnic. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

The Governor’s Office is hoping for sunny weather for the sixth annual Governor’s Family Picnic in Juneau. The picnic will be at Sandy Beach Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Local businesses and individuals donated food for the free event. Two-hundred pounds of salmon have been provided by John Moller, a commercial fisherman and the governor’s rural affairs adviser. There will also be hot dogs, cookies and chips.

Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell as well as commissioners will serve the picnic fare.

Juneau residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to speak with the administration.

“This is a really great time for the community to come out and meet with the governor, the first lady, talk with them and mingle with the commissioners. If they’ve got anything they want talk to them about, any issues they want to bring up, they’re there to talk with them,” says Sharon Leighow, the governor’s press secretary.

Various state departments, including Motor Vehicles, Fish and Game and Commerce will host activity booths. The Department of Corrections will provide fresh produce from Port Mackenzie Correctional Farm.

Between 1,500 and 3,000 people have attended the event in the past.

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