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You could have a blast at the Rocketry Annual Meet Saturday

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The Association of Rocketry Annual Meet is set for July 23-29 at Tipton Farm located at 5600-5612 S. 10th Road, Walnut Grove. Events are open to spectators and are free of charge.

You rocketry enthusiasts attend a workshop that may one day send them on their way into space.

Young rocketry enthusiasts attend a workshop that may one day send them on their way into space.

There are more than 130 registered participants from all over the United States will be in attendance, says Kathy Tipton of Tipton Farm.

There will be competition rockets, sport rockets and high-powered rockets during the event. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.naram58.org.

During the annual meet, there will also be a Fly-It/Take-It program. This provides any first-time flyer or youth under the age of 14 a rocket and everything they need to fly that rocket and then take it home with them.

“This is a great way to introduce the next generation to the joys of model rocketry,” said Greg Cole, event organizer.

The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) was founded in 1957, and is the oldest and largest spacemodeling organization in the world with over 6100 members and 125 affiliated clubs across the U.S. It was established in 1957 by Orville Carlisle and G. Harry Stine and is currently headed by President Ted Cochran. It supports all aspects of safe consumer sport rocket flying, from small model rockets with youth groups to very large high power rockets flown by adult hobbyists.

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