What a great time we all had! Our fields 8th birthday celebration was a big hit with members and their families. Attendance was great. We bought food for 100 people and the caterer always allows a 10% overage, just in case. At the end of the day there was very little food left, so we must have had at least hundred or more in attendance. I know there was free food, but we should have attendance like this every weekend... just for normal flying.

Vicar Hernandez, our celebration coordinator, planned a fun fly event for the morning, but the rain had other ideas. It was a one minute take off and land contest where each contestant had to estimate when their one minute was up. We got about half way through when the rain started. By the time it was over everyone was so mellow we just didn’t start again.

We had a swap meet, however not many people brought things to sell. What was there was good stuff though. I heard several people talking about the great deals they had gotten.

Throughout the day raffle numbers were drawn and gifts given away. Vicar had been careful to get modeling prizes for the members, but for family members he had selected things like restaurant gift certificates, Block Buster movie rentals, and certificates from local merchants. Nothing was very expensive, just fun things to get. Clark Hopkins, the owner of Hobby Nut, also ran a raffle. He sold tickets for $5 each and when 20 were sold, a drawing was held. The winner had his choice of any $100 item from his truck. These items were top quality and well worth the $5.

Clark also entertained us by flying a very small electric park flyer around the pits all afternoon. This little plane had two engines and, surprisingly, was not steered using the rudder. Instead, individual throttle controls allowed the plane to be turned by throttling back on the appropriate engine. It flew extremely slow and usually 15 to 20 minutes at a time. It seemed like every time I looked up the plane was poking along, about 15 feet high.

At noon the caterer arrived with the food and had it set up and ready to serve in no time. When the lunch bell rang, nobody was bashful. As you can see in the pictures below, we all piled our plates high and pigged out! Loretta Westphal brought a carrot cake for desert that was very unique. It was decorated like a Microhenrys’ cartoon, except instead of a lady watching a man fly his plane it was the other way around. If you would like to see a picture of it, check out below.

I can’t wait for next year! From the planning I’ve been hearing, it’s going to be the best yet... don’t miss it.

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