June 15, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The bulls have been loaded up and the riders are nursing some sore muscles. The winner of tonight’s Bull-A-Rama in Elgin was Garrett Wickett of Battle Creek. Wickett, one of the younger riders, led going into the Short Go with 85 points. He was the only rider to last 8 seconds in the Short Go and was scored an 81. E-R photo
Sure to evoke emotions will be the first event. The Moving Wall, completed in 1984, is a half-size replica of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, which pays tribute to the nearly 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War. On Thursday, June 19, The Moving Wall will arrive in Elgin and be set up on the open lot behind Elgin Public Library.
Opening ceremonies for The Moving Wall will be at 5 p.m. Thursday evening. Immediately afterwards, a reception will be held at the KC Hall.
The Wall will be guarded continuously during its stay in Elgin, being lit up at night for those wishing to view it after dark. Anyone wishing to help guard “The Moving Wall” should contact Ray Payne at The Station.
A book will be available on site to help locate specific names on The Wall.
It will leave Elgin on the morning of Monday, June 23.
Sponsors for The Moving Wall are Elgin American Legion Post #229 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5816.
The Moving Wall has been touring the U.S. for almost 30 years and most recently was set up in Albion and Tilden. Legion Commander Gary Hoefer asks all persons who visit The Moving Wall to follow these rules. The Moving Wall is a place for the pubic to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by a generation of young men and women. Accordingly, no pets are allowed near The Moving Wall. Also, no food or drinks will be permitted on the property.
The Elgin Q125 History Books will be distributed on Thursday June 19 at the Senior Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m.
The evening hours will coincide with the Vietnam Moving Wall reception which will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The remaining books will be taken to the Q125 Headquarters on Main Street and distributed from there on Friday and Saturday. About 120 books will be available for purchase starting that Friday, June 20th.
The committee will not take reservations for these additional books - they will be on a first come, first served basis at the Headquarters and will be selling Cash and Carry only.
It could arguably be the biggest parade ever to be held on the streets of Elgin, but to get there registrations had better pick up soon.
Q125 parade organizer Bev Clark said Monday approximately 40 entries have been received so far for the headline event of the last day of the celebration, June 22. Perhaps it’s because of the weather, maybe people believe they can just show up and be part of the event, but all parade entries need to register prior to the event, and definitely not at last minute.
Parade organizers have made it simple to register for the parade. They can do so online by going to www.elginreview.com. Once there, go down the left side of the page to where the Q125 emblem appears. Click on it, save on your computer and go to the first page and fill out the form, then hit the “submit” button. That’s all one has to do to register.
“We need a complete description of your entry,” Ms. Clark says to potential parade participants. The description will be used at announcing stands to introduce your entry to parade watchers.
“We want to ‘entertain’ parade viewers,” she said about the descriptions. “This is what I would like to know about the parade entry.”
Clark said she would like to have the parade entries as soon as possible to better organize the event. The parade, she said, will be limited to the first 150 entries received.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review.
June 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
One of the events Elgin area residents look to during the summer months is the Koinzan Annual Fly-In.
This year’s event will be included among the many activities at the Q125 Celebration on June 20-22.
The Fly-In will be held Sunday morning, June 22 at the Koinzan Airport on the north edge of town. Beginning at 7 a.m., the fly-in breakfast will be open to the public. While there, the public can walk the air field to view the many airplanes which will be parked there.
New this year for the fly-in and special for the Q125, will be an air show.
The air show, to begin at noon, will be performed by Brian Correll of Manhattan, Kan.
Unlike most air show pilots, Brian Correll did not grow up around airplanes. In fact, his first exposure to aviation was through skydiving. After his first jump at the age of 18, he was hooked and ended up having more than 60 takeoffs in an airplane before ever experiencing his first landing. The rest, as they say, is history. He has since accumulated more than 6000 hours of flying time in over 100 different models of aircraft, ranging from Piper Cubs to the Boeing KC-135, but his modified Pitts S2S is by far his favorite ride.
When not performing, Brian flies the KC-135R aerial refueler for the Kansas Air National Guard Kansas Coyotes. He is an aircraft commander and has flown the tanker to numerous countries around the world including combat sorties over Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brian holds an unrestricted aerobatic waiver for air shows and enjoys sharing his passion for flying with fans and spectato