October 12, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
AOPA members gathered at the Fort Worth Stockyards for an evening of food, country-western music and dancing, and an authentic rodeo during the Chowdown in Cowtown evening event.
Guests were able to take photos on a genuine Texas longhorn cow. They also enjoyed a Texas barbecue dinner that included brisket, chicken, beans, pecan pie, and peach cobbler, washed down with ice tea, wine, and Shiner Bock beer. A country-western band sang a mix of classics and modern songs, and members danced a Texas two-step to the music.
After dinner, members walked across the street to the Cowtown Coliseum Arena, home to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. The evening opened with a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner accompanied by a cowboy riding around the ring carrying the American flag.
The announcer then gave a warm welcome to AOPA attendees, and acknowledged a longtime, 77-year-old member who was a bull riding champion in Georgia. Guests were then treated to rodeo competitions in bull riding, tie-down roping of calves, and breakaway roping, where contestants are judged by how quickly they can throw a rope on a calf.
The audience was also amused by two groups of children who were allowed into the ring, when, after having fun with a rodeo clown, they were let loose to chase after a calf and sheep.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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