Fun at Carnival

Fun at Carnival

After a summer of mostly perfect weekends the Sterling Community Center drew one of the wettest this year for their first Sterling Community Center Fun Day and Carnival. But a little precipitation has never dampened the Alaskan spirit when it comes to having fun and celebrating community. The Sterling community had a lot to be thankful for after the Card Street fire this June and they wanted to show their appreciation with a carnival at their community center. “Many businesses and private residents and folks, some we had never met, stepped up to help and came to the aid of their fellow neighbors. One of the greatest things about living in Sterling and on the Kenai Peninsula is the willingness of people to go above and beyond the call by helping each other out,” said Rochelle Hanson, administrative assistant for the Sterling Community Center. “We had a pickle ball tournament in our gym, a Sterling Triathlon where competitors, kayaked or canoed, bicycled and ran and fun games all day long. The dunk tank was a big draw with KPBSD Supt. of Schools Sean Dusek getting dunked often by students who actually got wetter than he did,” laughed Rochelle.

Proceeds from the carnival went to the Community Center and to any organization or church that sponsored a booth according to Hanson, “One vendor came all the way from UAF in Fairbanks, they are doing a children research project and some folks came out from Ninilchik and Nikiski and of course Sterling to participate,” she said. For those who were interested in the way life was and conflicts were settle some 500 years ago during medieval times members of the Kenai Amtgard chapter, were out in the rain in rusty armor to fantasy role play with live action combat, “Think of paintball with swords,” commented Conner Christoffersen, a LARP member. “Amtgard combat is safe and our equipment is constructed of closed-cell foam covering a solid core. Every week we gather for a fun filled day with objective based on battle games and combat practice. Our Kenai Chapter meets every Sunday at 1:00pm at the S. Forest Park by the beach,” he said. On behalf of the community Hansen thanked everyone for coming out in the rain to celebrate those who helped out during the fire and invited everyone to check out the activities and availability of the Center throughout the year by going to

Fun at Carnival
Fun at Carnival

More in News

Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion 
The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska.
State seeks funding for Funny River boat launch

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is working to secure funding for… Continue reading

COVID-19 cases remain high in area

Every region of Alaska was considered to be at “intermediate” or “high”… Continue reading

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
The entrance to Soldotna Public Library is seen on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska.
Soldotna library seeks to beef up reading programs

The Soldotna Public Library will use a $2,200 donation from the Soldotna… Continue reading

Characters from the "Little Mermaid" wave to the crowd from the Triumvirate Theatre float during the Soldotna Progress Days parade on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Progress on parade

The Progress Days Parade was held Saturday in Soldotna.… Continue reading

Scaffolding is erected around the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Parishioners largely welcomed back to in-person church services

One serious point of contention during the coronavirus pandemic, amid many, has… Continue reading

Kenai Courthouse is photographed on February 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Court reports, July 25

The following dismissals were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Dalton… Continue reading

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Police Reports, July 25, 2021

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records… Continue reading

Clayton Holland stands in his office at the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
New superintendent discusses upcoming school year

Clayton Holland is ready to get to work. That’s what the new… Continue reading

South Peninsula Hospital registered nurse Anne Garay gives Jessica Entsminger her second COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 7, 2021, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Boathouse Pavillion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. About 25 people received vaccines in the first 3.5 hours of the 4-hour clinic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
As COVID cases increase, officials think we’re not yet at the fourth peak

Department of Health and Social Services officials said during a Thursday press… Continue reading

Most Read