High Frontier 12 rocket launch this weekend in Pawhuska

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
High Frontier 12 rocket launch this weekend in Pawhuska

Tulsa Rocketry and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce are hosting High Frontier 12, an amateur rocket launch, which will take place at the Pawhuska Municipal Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27.

For the twelfth year in a row, hobby rocketry enthusiasts from across Oklahoma and several surrounding states will to converge on Pawhuska for two days of rocket launches, competition events and fun. The launch is expected to be the largest of its kind in Oklahoma.

Approximately 300 rocket flights are anticipated during the event. The rockets will all be homemade models constructed of cardboard, plastic and wood and will range in size from small models weighing only a few ounces to larger models weighing 20 pounds or more. Some of the larger rockets are capable of reaching altitudes of 10,000 feet or more and can carry video cameras, radio transmitters and other instruments aloft.

Rocket flights will start at 9 a.m. each morning and continue throughout the day until approximately 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Children under 18 can launch their rockets for free when accompanied by an adult.

On-site concessions are going to be provided by Pawhuska FFA/4-H.

Competition events will include “Closest to the Buffalo” for kids under 18. Cash prizes of $25/$15/$10 will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. each day for first, second and third place.

For the second straight year, a Big Daddy Drag Race will be held Saturday afternoon and other drag race contests are scheduled Sunday afternoon.

Tulsa Rocketry will be giving away free rocket kits again this year to kids under 18. Each child attending the launch receives a free ticket for the drawing. Tickets are drawn every 30 minutes all day, both days of the event. The child holding the winning ticket receives a free rocket kit. Last year, the group gave away 34 rockets kits to the kids and they hope to do more this year, according to organizers of the event.

A special “Night Launch” will be conducted Saturday evening beginning about 8 p.m. Special rockets outfitted with LEDs and strobe lights will be flown. Following the Night Launch, the Astronomy Club of Tulsa will have large telescopes available for viewing the stars and planets. Both events are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

Merchants or individuals interested in sponsoring the Rocket Drawings or contests can drop off contribution checks at the Pawhuska Chamber or contribute on-line through the Tulsa Rocketry website: http://tulsarocketry.org/donate/.

Tulsa Rocketry is a hobby rocketry organization based in Tulsa. The organization consists of approximately 30 members from the Tulsa area and northeastern Oklahoma. Tulsa Rocketry promotes the safe and educational enjoyment of hobby rocketry through their website, monthly meetings and monthly rocket launches from a site near Leonard, Okla.

For more information, visit the High Frontier page on the Tulsa Rocketry website: http://tulsarocketry.org/high-frontier-12/.

For lodging and area information, visit the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.PawhuskaChamber.com.

Questions can also be directed to Hal Ellis at 918-760-9754 (cell) or by email at hal121@cox.net.