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Several compete in 4-H Rocket Shoot

Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Nine-year-old Madison Kapke attaches the igniter to her skyrider rocket prior to launching her rocket at the 2008 Clay County 4-H Fair Rocket Shoot while Rocket Shoot Superintendent Jim Stevenson looks on. Madison is the daughter of Jeff and Julia Kapke, Brazil.
Nine-year-old Madison Kapke had been involved with mini 4-H for two years before moving up this year.

In her first year in the "big leagues," she created four projects.

But her favorite was the rocket shoot, which took place Thursday at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds.

"It looked really fun and I thought I might try it," Madison said.

Madison, the daughter of Jeff and Julia Kapke, Brazil, had some help from her family creating her pencil-shaped rocket. She said it only took about one hour to assemble.

"It was a lot of fun," she said.

Approximately 40 children took part in the rocket shoot, according to Rocket Shoot Superintendent Jim Stevenson.

The event took place in the horse arena.

Terre Haute resident Dave Reynolds judged the event.

Reynolds, a veteran of launching rockets, said he's seen quite a bit over the years through judging and participating in contests.

"I've been in rocketing for a long time," Reynolds said. "Sometimes you see things go bad, but this teaches you patience."

Reynolds said he judges the shoot with various items, including rocket construction, shoot deployment and flight pattern.

Prior to actually launching the rocket, all participants had to speak a countdown from five.

"I was kind of nervous because I'm not used to being around a lot of people," Madison said.

Still, her rocket launched into the air and landed safely near arena.

Madison enjoyed the event and learned quite a bit.

"I learned that to make the rocket go up, you have to have an igniter," Madison said. "I had fun."



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