Stearns County Fair 4-H launch report (7/30/2011)
The 4-H rocket
launch went well today. The weather turned out better than the
forecast, with the sustained winds staying around 7 to 10 mph out of
the south. Since the ideal wind direction at the fair is from the
northwest, we angled the launch rods into the wind and had everyone
use the smallest recommended engine for their rockets, to try to
keep the rockets in the grandstand area.
We had a big turn
out this year. We had almost 40 kids fly their rockets at the fair.
The safety meeting and roster check off/ ribbon hand out started at
1:15pm. Prepping started around 1:30 pm. Launching first started
about 1:45 pm and continued until past 3 pm. The grandstand had good
turn out of family and fair goers to watch the launch. The center
section of the grandstand bleachers was full. We had increased
participation of parents helping the kids prep and fly their
rockets. Many were very enthusiastic about the launch and are
looking forward to next year’s launch.