Guy Hanson’s Lightning and John
Bentley’s Nuance sit protected from
Saturday’s wind and rain.
enthusiasm got the
attention of fellow
Pattern pilots, who
made sure he had a
Pattern airplane for
his second contest.
He placed third
with his CA Models
Genesis with an O. S.
Shown at a previous event are BARKS
master chefs Lynn and Ronna Street.
Photo by Roy Keralla.
Guy Hanson (L) displays his scratch-built Lightning. Wayne Lovett’s
EMC2 was designed by Guy’s dad, Dick Hanson, many years ago.
Boise event was moved from May
to June. After snow during the 2011
contest, we thought that by moving
the contest to June, chances for better
weather would increase. Not!
Organizing a sanctioned contest
requires getting a date approved by
the hosting club and the regional AMA
contest coordinator. Simple enough, you
think? Not for me. I didn’t pay much
attention when filling out the sanction
form. It took two tries to get our
sanction approved this year. I commend
AMA District XI contest coordinator,
Steve Cook, for his patience and
As part of the contest entry fee, lunch
is provided Saturday for contestants and
is available to spectators for purchase.
BARKS is fortunate to have Lynn Street
as a member. Not only do Lynn and his
wife, Ronna, cook lunch for the Pattern
contest, they also cook lunches for the
BARKS’ monthly fun-flys. Great people!
Contestants judge each other’s
classes, making preplanning unnecessary.
However, a contest requires a
scorekeeper. District 8 is fortunate
to have Gordon and Meri Anderson.
At most of the District 8 contests,
Meri takes care of scorekeeping, using
spreadsheet software written by Gordon.
I know of no other software with the
quality and level of support Gordon
During contests, Meri makes
scorekeeping look like a trivial task. She
is extremely efficient.
She’s so efficient
she has time to call
FAI for Gordon.
Scorekeeping is not
an easy task. It is a lot
of work to get scores
from the judges, enter
them, print them, and
return them to the
in place, everything
is ready to host a
contest, right? There’s
one more thing to do. The CD needs
to get the word out, especially for
relatively new contests such as ours.
Promotion starts with a contest flyer.
Make sure to include the four Ws:
who, what, where, and when. Local
nice to include.
Now it’s time
to sit back and
the year, many
people say they
to the contest. I have learned to
accept all attendance comments as
just that: comments. Most people
have every intention of attending,
but life happens and plans change.
With confidence, I made
my infamous “good-weather
guarantee” on the NSRCA mailing
list, then reiterated the guarantee
at the Wenatchee, Washington, contest
two weeks before ours. Promising
good weather certainly elevated the
excitement level; however, when bad
weather started showing up in the Boise
weather forecast, that same excitement
level fell even faster. Apologetic “
not-going-to-make-it” emails started pouring
in the week before the contest.
With contest wheels already in
motion, there really wasn’t an option
other than to hold a contest and hope
someone showed up. As the forecast
worsened, so did the no-show emails.
My low point came just two days
prior to the event when scorekeepers
Gordon and Meri emailed that they
could not make it because of a family
emergency. The emergency was
completely understood, but presented
the problem of how to get “Contest in a
Box” to Boise.
District 8’s Craig and Terry Ann
Christensen stepped up and volunteered
to drive the box to Boise regardless of
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