PACKING UP

Palin's Resignation Picnic

Life's a picnic for Sarah Palin. And, as usual, she's inviting all of the national media in on the fun. The former governor will transfer power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell at the annual Fairbanks picnic on July 26, when 5,000 people and a swarm of media are expected to descend on Pioneer Park. Or at least that's the plan—only C-SPAN has RVSP'd to the event so far. And Palin's only the opening act: after Palin officially resigns her post in front of the riverboat S.S. Nenana—the "Queen of the Yukon"—the event will culminate with a Square Dance in the Fairbanks gazebo for a cake and punch reception. Visitors can also participate in the bathtub race and take in the Red Green River Regatta, "an entertaining river parade of watercraft made with duct tape," according to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.