[The Brazil Times nameplate] Mostly Cloudy ~ 62°F  
High: 63°F ~ Low: 55°F
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Several take part in Rocket Shoot

Thursday, July 21, 2011

(Photo)
Nine-year-old Addison West waits for her turn to shoot off her rocket, "Baby Bertha," during the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair Rocket Shoot. Addison is the daughter of Nancy Hatfield and Chris Fulford. [Order this photo]
All Addison West really wanted was a trophy.

The 9-year-old daughter of Nancy Hatfield and Chris Fulford entered several projects this year at the Clay County 4-H Fair and only wanted to take a trophy home.

She did just that Thursday, winning the Grades 3-5 Division of the Clay County 4-H Fair Rocket Shoot.

"She knows winning isn't everything, but she still wanted that trophy," Addison's mother, Nancy Hatfield, said.

Addison was one of approximately 30 4-H'rs who participated in the event Thursday morning.

While taking part in several projects, this was her first year competing in the Rocket Shoot.

She said putting together the rocket only took a couple of days, adding she enjoyed flipping the switch and watching it take off into the air.

"It's fun," Addison said. "It looked cool."

Coordinator Jim Stevenson said the 4-H'rs are judged on the shoot itself in addition to how the parachute jettisons and if the rocket comes back to the launch pad.

"I think it's mostly fun for them," Stevenson said. "You have to build a model and match it up with a motor."

Stevenson said there were three divisions in Thursday's contest.

Nine-year-old Tyler Kapke, son of Julia and Jeff Kapke, was also in his first year competing in the event.

He took part in four projects this year and enjoyed putting together his rocket.

"I liked when I got to see how the rocket came down," Tyler said, adding he would participate again.

"Once they do it once, you see a lot of the same kids," Stevenson said.

(Photo)
Nine-year-old Tyler Kapke flips the switch to send his rocket into the air while Clay County 4-H Fair Program Assistant Sue Urban looks on during the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair Rocket Shoot. Tyler is the son of Julia and Jeff Kapke. [Order this photo]
Tyler received a red ribbon for his efforts Thursday.



Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: