50 Events to Commemorate 50
September 13, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - Five local groups have joined together to
organize Ketchikan's celebration of 50 years of Alaskan statehood.
Historic Ketchikan, The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce,
the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities
Council, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and the City of Ketchikan
have banded together to promote 50 local events to commemorate
The year-long celebration of statehood will kick off January
9th with a statehood history presentation at the Discovery Center
and will conclude on Dec. 31, 2009 with special New Year's Eve
"We decided that rather than have one large event, we would
invite the entire community to be involved and coordinate to
have 50 smaller events," said Kathleen Light of the Ketchikan
Area Arts and Humanities Council. "Because there are so
many events there will be a wide variety of the types of celebrations;
some will be historically accurate, some fun and some educational.
Something for everyone!"
In addition to new events, the group is working with other local
organizations to include existing events such as the Monthly
Grind, the Enchanted Forest, the Blueberry Festival and the KRBD
Halloween Party to incorporate special Statehood themes. Local
businesswoman Rita Carro is working with the groups as well,
to bring the statehood celebrations into the school system through
a variety of poetry and essay contests and history and genealogy
projects with local school children.
Also in the works are longer term events such as a "Guess
the Day When the 50th Inch of Precipitation Falls" contest.
"Ketchikan has such an abundance of active and engaged
citizens that we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to participate
and observe the statehood anniversary in their own way. Fraternal
organizations, non-profits, schools and local businesses are
all encouraged to get involved", said Dave Kiffer. "It
is our hope that our group can continue to work collaboratively
to assist any or all organizations wishing to participate".
A banner is being commissioned
to follow each of the scheduled 50 events throughout the year,
collecting symbols or signatures of each event or activity along
the way. The 50 for 50 organizers hope the banner will be permanently
displayed to commemorate the year-long statehood celebration.
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