Don’t ignore the small things — the kite flies because of its tail.
Has it been 5 days already? Could this really be the last update I need to write for this 31st AKA Convention and Grand Nationals? They have been a lot of un to write but, somedays it can be a little frustrating as it’s quite impossible to be everywhere things are happening throughout the week. Sometimes I find out about events later that day, sometimes the next day (at which point, its a bit late to make the update) or, in one case,I found out today that the Turkey Shoot fighter kite comp actually happened on Tuesday Oops. But, I do what I can to try and catch as much stuff as i can, so hopefully all of you reading these updates have enjoyed them!
Much like every day here, the events are happening all day long, from workshops back at the Eisenhower in the morning to flying out in the fields in the afternoon. Some of today’s workshops included as “post mortem” judging workshop, led by Steve Ferrel and called “9:00 am – 10:15 am
Judging Handmade Kites: After the Competition”. Will smoot also ran a two part workshop entitled “Talk it up!”, which looked at the fine art of festival announcing. Today being the last day also marks the final days for the Fly Market and Bag Raffle. I’m not sure what Marla will do this evening without being able to cajole people into the raffle, but, I’m willing to bet she’s already planning for next year’s version in Rochester, Minnesota where next year’s Comvention and Grand Nationals will be held.
Saturday is also the “show the public what we do” day, a day of all manner of kites taking to the sky with the locals coming by to check things out. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out as well as it could have as we were dogged by by somewhat spotty weather down on the flying fields all day long. The sun DID try a few times to make some appearances but, in general it was very very low wind and occasional downpour. Ah well, we still managed to get some demos in from various individuals and a few of the teams, including iQuad and Chicago Fire.
Despite the rain, the final Rok battle went on down on Field 2. Nothing stops a rok battle, certainly not low winds and rain! There was a good sized crowd participating however, in the end, Singles was taken by the mighty, yet humble Ronda “Taz” Brewer (on a borrowed kite no less), and pairs comp was Brad Weiner And Thom Shanken, in second, Lisa Willoughby and Dennis Smith were third and first place was taken by the Bandana Gang! Well done, what a bunch of troupers!While the sport kite cometitions had wound down yesterday, they managed to run a hot tricks competition later on the afternoon, with Will Sturdy taking top honours. Congratulations Will!
This year marked the first year of two new competitions, Best Banner and Best Ground Display.There were a large number of entries, some of which I have pictires of below and I’ll include the announcement of the winners later in this writeup once the awards have been handed out, I’m quite literally sitting here in the banquet hall writing the start of this while I grab pictures of the People’s Choice award kites. Lucky me, I get to split for an airport at 3:00AM this morning so, the sooner I can get done the sooner I can tell the boss “we’re good, buh bye!”
And finally, here we are, at the final awards dinner!
Liveblogging from dinner for a change of pace :
I’ll skip through much of the speeches, and go straight to the awards as they are announced, however, Chicago Fire has just awarded their broken rod of the year count, and this year, a rousing course of “I’m a little tea Pot” was sung by Russ Faulk. This is Russ’ third “victory” in this category, establishing himself as a leader in this particular field of achievment.
Much to everyone’s dismay, missing from last night’s auction, the notorious Star Fokker has gone missing! Surely this is a sign of the upcoming apocalypse. An APB has been issued for it’s return however there has been no mention of a reward so far.
Kurtis Jones has shown us a great video he compiled all week long, including a great stickering of iQuad!
Our president, Gary Engvall is speaking a few words. And he’s prepared too! A huge apology to all the Regional Directors and a huge thank you as well!
Todd Little is talking about convention volunteers and their recognition for the massive job that they undertake every year.
I think Corey cried a little giving John Barresi the Edeiken award…
And onto awards we go! I’ll add the kitemaker ones later, they are too complicated to try and type as they go by.
Something Old, Something New
Heaven Help Us
Novice Fighter Line Touch
Experienced Fighter Line Touch
Smitty and the girls
Something Old, Something New
Charly Stoney Stonestreet
Novice Fighter Skills
Experienced Fighter Skills
Team Bandana Bunch
John Barresi Robert M. Ingraham Award “The Ticket Chick” Marla Miller Members Choice Awards Kite – Glen Haynes Accessory – Debbie Von Bokem Aerial Photo of the Year Peter Dolphin Best Banner WOW Grand Champion Mike Mosman Lee Toy Circle Award Jon Burkhardt Regional Director of the Year Todd Little Volunteer of the Year Bernard Fournier . Kite Club of the Year Richmond Air Force Best Ground Display The Dallmer’s Ducks
Active Forest of the SJKF
Robert M. Ingraham Award
“The Ticket Chick” Marla Miller
Members Choice Awards
Kite – Glen Haynes
Accessory – Debbie Von Bokem
Aerial Photo of the Year
Lee Toy Circle Award
Regional Director of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Kite Club of the Year
Richmond Air Force
Best Ground Display
The Dallmer’s Ducks
And, thats a wrap!. Thanks again for reading these, they have been fun to write and hopefully they have provided you with at least a partial glimpse of the week’s festivities and, a special thanks to Steve DeRooy for taking pictures on a couple of the days when I was too swamped with competing and judging duties. An extra tequila sunrise for you!
Thanks for reading and see you next year…