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Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 3:02 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — YOU WILL KNOW THE CAR wash has an artistic touch because of the tutus.

The young artists from Dance Theatre Fairbanks, dressed for the stage, plan to hold another car wash Saturday from noon to

4 p.m. outside their studio at Seventh Avenue in front of the old fire station.

Stop by after the parade.

It’s all part of an effort to reduce the cost of sending 29 dancers to represent Alaska at the Dance Excellence competition next April in Southern California.

After leaving the old fire station with a clean car, head on over to the new fire station on Cushman Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the annual open house.

Sponsored by the members of firefighters union Local 1324, they expect to dispense 1,000 hot dogs, bags of chips, cans of pop and more.

Kids will have a chance to earn $1 or an ice cream cone, courtesy of Hot Licks and Jim Bradbury Insurance. Fire, ambulance and emergency equipment will be on display.

There’s a lot going on downtown all day, ranging from the parade and the Golden Days Street Fair to the Kinross Fort Knox Mine Rubber Duckie Race at 2:30 p.m.

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THE TOP AWARDS AT THE Golden Citizens Luncheon Thursday at Pioneer Park went to Elizabeth Nictune Fleagle and Claude Klaver.

Lorraine Trask spoke about Fleagle’s contributions, while Joanne Klaver talked about her husband’s life.

Fleagle, the recipient of the Chieftain’s Award, has lived and worked in Fairbanks for more than 50 years and in a number of jobs before her official retirement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997.

Since then she has stayed busier than most people through a variety of volunteer roles, helping young people and adults.

Klaver, an Army veteran, lived in Yakutat and Wasilla before moving to the Fairbanks area in 1977. He was instrumental in the founding of the New Hope Methodist-Presbyterian Church. He received the President’s Award.

Among other things, he has been a volunteer at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Denali Center and the Pioneer Home for a quarter-century.

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ON THURSDAY WE MARKED the 100th anniversary of the death of Felix Pedro, the miner whose gold strike helped make Fairbanks a community.

July 22 also is celebrated as the anniversary of Pedro’s gold discovery in 1902, though it might not have been the exact day he hit paydirt.

The first newspaper published in Fairbanks rolled off the typewriter nine months after the initial strike. The account of the gold find doesn’t say what day Pedro discovered gold, it only says that on July 28 he reported the find to Frank Cleary at E.T. Barnette’s trading post.

Later accounts give several dates.

Some say the discovery happened on July 27, while others simply say it was “in July” or “early in the fall.” In what was probably the first comprehensive newspaper review of Fairbanks history, the News-Miner published a special edition in 1937 that listed the discovery date as Sept. 11, 1902.

The first scholarly account of Fairbanks’ history was the dissertation Cecil Robe wrote for his doctorate at Yale University in 1943, published when some of the original prospectors were still alive. Robe could not pinpoint the discovery day.

“The exact day of the month on which he made the discovery is not known definitely, although some have said that it was July 22,” Robe wrote.

He said that those who gave September dates for the gold strike probably based their thinking on when some claims were recorded. Other reports might have referred to the September meeting in Pedro’s tent at which the town was named Fairbanks.

The strongest case for July 22 is that the January 1908 Alaska-Yukon Magazine gives that as the anniversary.

In later years, others might have been likely to state with certainty that the discovery took place on July 22 because that was the day he died in 1910.

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IF YOU WEAR A UAF T-SHIRT, jacket or other school attire during the Golden Days Parade, you will have a chance to win a voucher to attend a concert during the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Festival Director Terese Kaptur will be riding behind the UAF float and handing out vouchers to the bystanders wearing UAF colors.

Dermot Cole can be reached at cole@newsminer.com or

459-7530.

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