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Kiwanis Club thanks community for Pig War Picnic success

The sun shone for most of the time, the bands played, the dancers danced, faces were painted, eggs were tossed, sandwiches, hot dogs and pies were eaten, and by the end of the day nearly 2,000 attendees had strolled the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum for this year's Fourth of July Pig War Picnic.

The hard work and planning of many people and organizations helped to make this year's event a rousing success, and Kiwanis of Friday Harbor wishes to recognize their efforts.

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor sold iced coffee and painted the faces of delighted children. OPALCO and Rex Guard elevated many with bucket rides. Pat O'Day was once again his irrepressible self as master of ceremonies, while Lin and Pam Pearson announced the parade awards. The bands, Mallett, Rhythmatics and The One More Time Band all kept things rocking and dancing with their music. Angie Raab loaned us her kitchen and Jan Osborn sold coupon books for the Mullis Center. The San Juan County Fire Department put on the bucket brigade. Mike Vouri told the story of the Pig War in that vivid way that he has always done.

Thanks to the Highlanders Bagpipers and the One More Time Band for their donation of time and music. King's Market gave funds and food, while Printonyx supplied printing services, and the San Juan Historical Museum provided their grounds for the festivities. Special thanks to the LLB for their contributions to decorating, cole slaw-making, hot dog-grilling, dishwashing and generally making everything work more efficiently.

Of course, the true success of the picnic was assured by the huge turnout of the community and the many holiday visitors to our island. You, and the generous donations of our many sponsors, ensured Kiwanis' ability to offer services and support to island children and to the community. Thank you for coming, and we'll see you next year!

Pig War Picnic Planning Committee
Kiwanis of Friday Harbor

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