Yet another one for the books with a record THIRTEEN
This year was 180 degrees different than last years event. With
perfect weather forecast for Saturday, Herb and Scott staked out the usual
spot by the huge shade tree and began to set-up making sure to 'acquire'
the largest perimeter available. One by one, Danny K. arrived, then
Glen V, Rory C and his son Patrick, John K, John S, Clint D, Tim W, Rick H, Toby C, Ronnie W
and Jeff McD. Also on-site without vehicles were Toby's friend Ray,
Scott's Dad John, Glen's friends Brenda and Mike (just back from Iraq),
Ronnie's friend Chris, Claude/Jeanne, and Jeni L.
Scott brought his latest creations including a OD "Donations"
practice bomb and stand as well as his new M1-BBQ trailer. Once the
group was setup, Danny and Herb began manning the donations and sales
efforts. They made great progress in selling lots of .50cal rounds,
20mm rounds, t-shirts and koozies. In addition, a fair number of
donations were seen deposited into the 'bomb'.
The people began to pour in and fill the tarmac. The group
mingled under the trees in the shade and answered what must have been a
million questions about the vehicles, our club and on and on. The
whole time, Jeff was patiently guarding his freshly restored MB just
waiting for the first kid to make what we all believed would be a fatal
one. However, both Jeff and all the kids remained calm and nobody
was killed in the campsite this day. (the MB really is outstanding -
Great Job Jeff)
About 10:30am Scott began preparations for firing up the M1-BBQ.
With a load of coals and hickory, a pit full of jalapeno elk sausage from
Toby, jalapeno/cheese venison sausage from Scott and both sweet and hot Italian
feral hog sausage also from Scott was placed tenderly in the pit.
Tossed in for good measure were some Earl Campbell hot links, Johnsonville
beer brats and burgers.
As usual, the LSMVPA hauled several show guests/dignitaries around
(that's another topic for discussion later...) Just after the
opening ceremonies began, the food was ready and the troops fell in line
for a feast. Danny had also provided a big pot of queso that was
simmering on the pit as well. With a full spread of chips, dips,
cookies and condiments, everyone ate until they were full. Also
joining in the feast were the French Legation re-enactors, some TAVV
members and with some food left over, the Longbow pilots helped themselves
to some sausage wraps as well.
The show went off without a hitch. All the planes stayed in
the air like they are supposed to do, and the weather simply was
fantastic. About 3pm, the air show was over and the crowds again
passed thru our display area where we answered a zillion questions.
With the crowds thinning, many members began to pack up and depart.
About 5:30 with just about everyone gone, Scott and the remaining
spectators were treated to a fantastic display by the Longbow helicopter
pilots doing the most bizarre flight tricks, patterns, show you could
imagine. It was really a sight to see what that 'bird' could do in
the hands of a skilled pilot.
This one went down in the record books as a "10". The
bar has been set for next year. Hope to see everyone there.