News from August, 2007

Grand Kids Rally/Corn Festival /Buddy Rally/Fly-in

Monday, August 13th, 2007

A pair of early BiplanesWaiting for the parade.PinataThe gangPowered Hang Glider

Fifteen Airstream couples, plus two sets of buddies, came out to enjoy the weekend. There were about a dozen grandkids, to keep things hopping. On Saturday morning, we drove down to the Mendota Corn festival and toured the large craft fair and watched the Youth parade. The weather was warm, but there was a nice breeze to cool you while we conversed under the trees at the Lee County 4H Fairgrounds. Later that afternoon, the kids took turns swinging at the fish pinata. Sunday morning, we convoyed to the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In breakfast. Breakfast was pancakes, eggs, and ham. We reviewed the flight line, including many interesting types of flying machines. Above, Mike Rita and his wife, Christine, check out a powered hang glider ultralight.  A couple of the kids were treated by their grandparents to a helicopter ride to view the Corn Festival from on high. I am sure it will be a lifelong remembrance for them.

Mystery Rally June 20 -22, 2007

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

mystery07oldwest.jpgmystery07dinner.jpgmystery07campfire.jpgAround the camp
Our Gang
The rally was hosted by our first Vice president, Bob Whitesell and his wife Sandy. It started at the KOA campground in Union, IL.  Seven families attending including: Bauling’s, Clark’s, Jaminson’s, Kranner’s, Morrison’s, White’s, and Whitesell’s. Activities included: a road rally (without trailers) ending at the historic Woodstock Square, with visits along the way to the Railway Museum in Union and the Wings and Wheels Museum in Poplar Grove. One evening a movie was shown on the side of a trailer. Campground activities included a Corn bag throw and a European wooden stick throw contests, as well as kite flying and model airplanes.  Night-Out dinner was at the Old West Steakhouse. There were, of course, the usual campfire activities. A good time was had by all. Photos by Martha Clark.

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