ACFA Parade Float Wins Again!

ACFA — Ajo Council for the Fine Arts — is a diverse and talented group. Once again they pooled their efforts to produce an award-winning float.

The theme for the 2015 4th of July parade was Founding Fathers and/or Youth Groups of America.  That was a tough one.

We decided on the Boston Tea Party as several of the Founding Fathers were involved and one could argue that The Sons of Liberty was a youth group. (OK, it’s a pretty loose argument).

We started with the model pictured and from there built a ship with tea crates, masts and rigging. The hull was built in Jim & Sherri’s shop then transported to Room 3 of the Sonoran Desert Conference Center.  The trick was building the ship so we could get it out a 3’ wide door.  Kind of like a ship in a bottle …

After the ship was assembled and painted we moved it out the door in sections and reassembled it on the trailer outside.

Once it was on the trailer, tied down and covered we headed for Carol’s garage which is just blocks away from the start of the parade.

There we touched up the paint and put on all the finishing touches.

 The morning of the 4th we pulled the ship out of the garage and put up the masts and rigging, attached the waves, which moved up and down, got into our costumes and hit the road.

At the end of the parade we waited in the beer garden for the announcement that we won first place.

This is the 6th year that the ACFA has had a float in the 4th of July Parade.  They have been awarding prizes for the last 3 years.  We have taken first place all three years!

More Pics of the Winning Float

Here are some more pics from ACFA’s winning entry in the 4th of July parade in Ajo. Thanks to the photographers and Sherri O’Hare for sending these in.

Check out the new banner …

Photo Kate 1Hitched up and almost ready to go …

Photo Kate 3

The first place float with the plane’s propeller turning and tank gun firing! Hey, is that Rosie the Riveter … ?

Photo Hop 1

Many thanks to all who helped build this “floating” piece of art — well done!

The Award-Winning Rocket!

They did it! Here’s the scoop from Sherri O’Hare, chief rocket wrangler for the 4th of July prize-winning float.

Rocket science sign 1 Hey!  This IS Rocket Science, in the annual 4th of July Parade, Ajo Arizona.  It took many “engineers” many hours to put the Rocket together and Launch it.

The weather was breezy but it was still a GO for Launch.  We did lose quite a few “heat shields” along the parade route, but we had “smoke” and “flames”, passed out flags and had a wonderful time.

Most of the Astronauts waited in the Beer Garden for the final judgment … we won 1st prize!

Thanks to all of you that helped out, in time spent, materials and space donated, and a great party afterward!

This is Mission Controller, Sherri O’Hare, signing out.

2  The beginnings of the rocket in Jim and Sherri’s shop.Rocket skeleton 3  It took many hands to apply all those “heat shields”.  Bob Harral, Sally Morrow, Donna Owen, Sylvia Tatman-Burruss, Jose Castillo, Jim Reiman. Working on the rocket 4  Project Engineers assembling backpacks and helmets.  George Costuck, Colleen King, Jose Castillo. Making the backpacks 5  Bob Harral, Lea Halverson and Donna Owen working on backpacks, while Sherri O’Hare and Victor Garcia work on the chalkboard signs in the background. The backpack workers 6  Eileen Costuck, George Costuck and Joyce Chaney working on helmets. Making helmets 7 We had some guest workers this week.  In addition to Bob Harral we were joined by Vivianna Grey and Mandy Dishman.  Jose, Sally, Jim and Joyce continue to work on helmets and backpacks. Rocket workers 8  Sign work continues with Victor Garcia and Mari Zimmermann. Sign workers 9  The time has come to move the rocket from the Vehicle Assembly Building (room 3 of the Retreat Center)  to the Launch Facility (Carol Yokum’s Garage).  Engineers involved include Jim Reiman, Mike Mekelburg, Dan Morrow and Aaron Mayson. Loading the rocket 10  Backing the rocket into the Launch Facility. Into Carol's garage 11  Mission Control (aka Aaron Mayson) hooking up the fog machine.  Yeah…we had real smoke! Mission control 12  Dan Morrow working on the propulsion system while Sally Morrow and Mari Zimmermann supervise. Decorating the trailer 13  We are Go for Launch!  Jim Reiman and Sherri O’Hare suiting up. Suiting up 14  Astronauts George Costuck, Lea Halverson and Eileen Costuck waiting for the Countdown to begin … Astronauts 15  The Crew of the ACFA 4th of July Moon Shot Mission:  Sherri O’Hare, Eileen Costuck, Mari Zimmermann, George Costuck, Donna Owen, Lea Halverson, Sally Morrow, Carol Yokum, Bob Harral, Jim Reiman, Mike Mekelburg, Aaron Mayson.

Rocket and crew