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4-H Fair conducts a Rocket Launch contest

Friday, July 20, 2012

Nine-year-old Carter Mullenix looks for his rocket, Taser, following his turn in the 2012 Clay County 4-H Rocket Launch Friday. Carter is the son of Heather and Christopher Mullenix, Brazil.
Nine-year-old Carter Mullenix wanted to have fun.

He was a member of Mini 4-H last year and enjoyed it. This year, moving up to official 4-H, Carter wanted to take part in projects he would have fun with.

A member of the Goat Club, Carter elected to exhibit Legos in the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

In addition, he wanted to take part in the annual Rocket Launch, which took place Friday.

"I thought I'd have fun with it," Carter said.

Carter approached the launching pad with his rocket, Taser. He waited his turn and before you knew it, he was counting down.

"Three. Two. One. Blast-off!" he exclaimed through a microphone provided by Clay County Extension Educator Sue Urbain.

This year, the event was judged by Monroe County Fair Aerospace Superintendent Rick Rocton. This was his first time judging the Clay County event. He said those taking part in the Rocket Shoot are judged on attempts, launching, flight and recovery.

Carter's rocket blasted into the air and flew very high. Those in attendance were having a tough time locating it.

But as it started its descent, Taser's parachute opened. The rocket made a soft landing near the fairgrounds' track.

After his launch, Carter said it was everything he expected it would be.

"It was fun," he said. "Launching was my favorite part."

Carter is the son of Heather and Christopher Mullenix, Brazil.

Heater told The Brazil Times her son spent two hours building his rocket. She added he was so excited to be able to build it and launch the rocket.

"(Being in the Rocket Shoot) is fun. Everybody gets to see your project," Carter said.

Carter won the Stage 2 Division (grades 3-5). Other stage winners included Stage 3 (grades 6-8) Dillon VanArsdale and Stage 4 (grades 9-12) Dustin Stevenson.

Reserve Champions included Tyler Kapke (Stage 2), Emily McWilliams (Stage 3) and Dakota Stevenson (Stage 4).

Dustin Stevenson was the Grand Champion of the event, while VanArsdale earned Reserve Grand Champion.

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