The big three industries on the Kenai Peninsula, Petroleum, Tourism, and Commercial Fishing, were celebrated last week at Industry Appreciation Day, a tradition that was started 14 years ago by a couple of Nikiski residents, Jack Brown and Aaron Goforth. ?My co-founder and friend Aaron Goforth passed away this year so this year we presented the family with a special plaque in honor of his effort to create this event. He loved industry and felt we needed to show our community appreciation for all that they do to sustain our quality of life,? said Brown. While no official count was made it was estimated that over 5,000 visitors turned out under clear blue skies for a final, free summer fling. Games included the Pink Salmon toss, set net round haul, frozen t-shirt contest, drawings for bicycles, and live music throughout the day.
On Saturday, the Kenai Peninsula's three biggest industries oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism did what in many ways they do best: they put food on the table for thousands.
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