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SkyFest 09 June 15th – 22nd Raeford N. Carolina, Celebrating our 9th year of donating skydives!

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I never would have thought it was even remotely possible for me to be more excited or passionate over SkyFest (SF), especially after 9 years of organizing the darn thing. But 09 has done that! Realizing I may need a location back in August last year from being unsure of the previous location, I was getting excited about a West Coast offer. Of course having plenty of time to decide, I was in no hurry and I already knew the dates. I received a call in September from Pat Thomas of Sun Path suggesting Raeford. Having been to the DZ several times over the years, our families having the history in the sport together, the facilities, and safety record were enough for me. I just needed to close some books elsewhere and I was there! This has turned out to be what I believe will be a truly amazing event.

The incredible talent of Champion Skydivers, the DZ’s facilities, and then add the multiple milestones to be celebrated is pretty darn exciting! The opportunity to be a part of these celebrations with these very special individuals is a large part of what I look forward to, we truly are making history ourselves just by having these folks together! While these folks have probably been to a symposium, board meeting or competition at the same time, I seriously doubt they have been together in this environment! Wednesday evening will be an organized gathering of passing a microphone to share their stories of the ol’e days of skydiving! Bill Booth will be bringing some 16 mm reel to reel footage of the 60’s with others bringing photo’s and slides for our viewing pleasure!

Ok, back to the other “goodies” during the event!

Pre- Registration is now open! Take advantage of the savings today.

Pre-registration link

Paraclete will be raffling off free tunnel time to be used during the event!
Canopy Control Classes Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, reserve your slot now! Jeffro P will start class at 9:00AM

Brothers Gray will be available for Wingsuit Coaching and a State Record Attempt on Saturday!



RV slots will be up for grabs soon, with electricity included (yup, even for Jello Jay!). Water will be available to fill your tanks on site!
Bar and Grill on site!!

Monday-Tuesday
Free Seminars from 9-4, so if you missed the symposium here is your chance to catch a portion of it! Load organizers will be on hand for those preferring to jump.

Tuesday-Wednesday
Highly discounted canopy control course for those interested!

Wednesday
Scholarship Day- We will be drawing 10 winners to receive 2 free coaching jumps!

Wednesday Evening Celebrations!
Bill Booth-40 years skydiving, Gene Paul Thacker-77th Birthday, 40th year jumping, Raeford Parachute Center-40th Anniversary, Tony Uragalo-30 years in the USA, 39 years skydiving, Bachmans-49th year with ParaGear (dirt-diving for the big 50), Sherry Schrimsher-45th year with USPA and skydiving, J Schrimsher -25th with USPA and jumping. Ted Strong is on the pending list with 51 years in the sport! Additional families attending with time in the sport are: Thomas’s with Sun Path, Verner’s, Blue’s, Bill Newell will be offering free VSCR memberships, with more to come! You don’t want to miss these history lessons, I guarantee it! Bring your logbook, photo’s or whatever you want and get some autographs!

Thursday
Collegiate 4-Way Scrambles with the Golden Knights!

Friday
Raffled 4 Way!

Friday-Saturday
Women's 20 way Event!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday-skydive your tail off with over 20 Load organizers to choose from!

Saturday evening-Large gear Auction with everything you need to skydive!

Everyday
Discounted Coaching from Dave Brown and Teammate Derek Cox for belly and freefly!

Monday –Thursday
Get your SCR!

Sunday
Women’s State Record Attempt, FF State Record and Women’s FF State Record, and a 2nd & 3rd Generation jump to break the unofficial World Record set at SF 2005 of a 13 way!

The ladies from Jump for the Cause will be selling apparel for their upcoming record event, so come out and support them!

Aircraft:
PAC 750
Casa
Otter
Helicopter
Balloons
Fred C. Pitts S2C- you know him, the famous pilot from the Convention, SF brought him out of retirement with a practice run already made in Florida, his camera is ready and he is ready to fly!!
More aircraft in the works!

Pre registration will open very soon and we encourage you to take advantage of it for the savings!
The website is constantly being updated so stay tuned for more details.

Have patience’s as I struggle to get all the information updated, this event keeps growing daily!

Water training will be available, schedule to be posted soon!
Oh yeah, we will have Free Skydives, almost forgot!

Also check out SF's forum at www.skyfreaks.com

Im sure I forgot something so just check out the site, please! www.skyfestboogie.com

SkyFest June 15-22 at Raeford Parachute Center 2009
www.jumpraeford.com

Thank you for your support!
J



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Wow, I think I'll give you a gold star for having the most organized Events posting ever! ;)



Well I do have 9 years of practice now! Whoooo hoooo! thanks! maybe I'll get rid of the reputation as a thread killer then. LOL

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AND pumped it in here just under the 4-month limit!
J's on TOP of it!
WooooHoooo!



Well, I took the 15th off!



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This will be my first Skyfest and I'm really excited about attending. I'll be organizing RW - can't wait to see old friends and make lots of new ones!B|




Ahhhh got to love it when they volunteer owing BEER!!! Folks, take the time to make some jumps with Chuck, some really fun jumps and besides, he is coming all the way from Texas so we got to work em!!!
Thanks Chuck!



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This will be my first Skyfest and I'm really excited about attending. I'll be organizing RW - can't wait to see old friends and make lots of new ones!B|




Ahhhh got to love it when they volunteer owing BEER!!! Folks, take the time to make some jumps with Chuck, some really fun jumps and besides, he is coming all the way from Texas so we got to work em!!!
Thanks Chuck!



I'll have an ice cold case in my cooler upon arrival! There's not too many things I have to buy beer for these days, but I'll gladly buy for this!!
Chuck Akers
D-10855
Houston, TX

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