JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty will be open for public tours this weekend in conjunction with the 23rd annual Juneau Boat Show, sponsored by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.
The tours, which do not require boat show admission, will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Liberty will be at the Goldbelt Dock downtown.
The boat show will held at Centennial Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring lots of displays and door prizes. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
Rotary member Mike Oliver said having the Coast Guard participate in the boat show is a natural fit.
"Last year, something seemed to be missing," he said. "Everyone said the Coast Guard Auxiliary is here, but the Coast Guard isn't."
Oliver said part of the reason for inviting the Coast Guard was to thank the agency for its long history of service to the state. Gov. Tony Knowles and Mayor Sally Smith will proclaim a Coast Guard Appreciation Day, as well.
"The state of Alaska is very much a marine state ... and the group of people who protect us the whole time is the Coast Guard," Oliver said.