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The backdrop for this year's initial event was a record month of rainfall and surge in the depleted snowpack and very cold fingers handling the transmitters. Sometimes Agate field can have weather that is different than the cities and towns around and that was very apparent this year. The drive to the flying field was through debris fields of blown over signs and tree branches caused by gusty winds that would make flying beyond difficult. Arriving at the actual field saw flags hanging limp, blue skies and almost an unnatural calm and about fifty model airplane enthusiasts. It was also cold as heck!
Here you see the perennial early bird, Rod Elledge, who has won "First Up" honors in years past. He has done it again to win the admiration of all who arrived later. Well done Rod! ->Attested by Kevin Parker
There was evidence that Santa had been very nice to some flyers as witnessed by some very shiny new birds.
David Boteler has a snazzy new T-28 Trojan with electric retracts that he maidened.
Even though it was very cold, there was super bright sunshine. Notice Corey Myers (the kid without sunglasses) doing the squinty eye thing.
Thanks to Larry Myers and Calvin Emigh and Larry Scoggins who made and brought great main dishes! Happy New Year!!