Story last updated at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Safety rodeo sponsors thanked
The Homer Chamber of Commerce Marine Trades Committee would like to thank the many contributors and sponsors of the Seafair Safety Rodeo on Labor Day.

The event could not have happened without First National Bank Alaska, the major sponsor providing underwriting for the event. Other sponsors included North Pacific Fisheries Association and Northern Enterprises.

A big thanks goes to the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment and the USCG Cutter Sedge crew for organizing and running the mariner competition, and to the Coast Guard for their rescue demonstration.

Thanks to prize donors Nomar, Eagle Enterprises and Kachemak Gear Shed for their merchandise donations.

The city harbor crew and Parks and Recreation staff did a great job accommodating this event. Thanks to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department for standing by during competitions.

Big thanks to the Kachemak Shellfish Growers Cooperative for running the oyster slurp, the Homer Charter Association for running the fillet contest, and to the Daily Catch for running the heaving line contest. Also, thanks to Bay Welding for organizing the parade of locally made boats.

Many volunteers, too numerous to name here, pitched in to make the day happen, and the committee did a wonderful job organizing the Seafair Safety Rodeo.

Thank you everyone, and mark your calendars for next year: Labor Day is Seafair Safety Rodeo.

Kate Mitchell, chair Marine Trades Committee, Homer Chamber of Commerce