Lake Nahwatzel R.C. Float Club






Shelton, WA, RC Flyers
On Parade

Two Shelton, WA, RC Clubs Participate in the Mason County Forest Festival "Paul Bunyan Parade"




On June 5, 2010, Shelton, WA, hosted the annual "Paul Bunyan Parade" during the Mason County Forest Festival. Each Year, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers (SFRCF) and the Lake Nahwatzel RC Float Club (LNRCFC), two Shelton radio-control (RC) clubs, team together to create a float for the parade.

Club members assembled on May 29 to begin work on the float. The float is built on a trailer belonging to SFRCF member Jody Diaz.

The Work Begins
The Work Begins

Eric Oberg and Bob Beatty Cutting a Mounting Platform
Eric Oberg and Bob Beatty Cutting a Mounting Platform

Members brought the aircraft that would be displayed on the float. After the plywood foundation for the float was attached to the trailer, members temporarily mounted the display aircraft.

Bob Beatty Drills Mounting Holes While
Eric Oberg and Chuck Kentfield Supervise
Bob Beatty Drills Mounting Holes While Eric Oberg and Chuck Kentfield Supervise

Securing the Aircraft
Securing the Aircraft

Club Members Mount the Trailer-Wheel Covers
Club Members Mount the Trailer-Wheel Covers

Positioning an Aircraft
Positioning an Aircraft

Photos of the float were taken to document the aircraft positioning and the aircraft were removed until parade day. At the end of this planning day, members participated in a great barbecue prepared by Sharon Diaz.

Float: Left Side
Float: Left Side

Float: Right Side
Float: Right Side

End of the Day and Time to Eat
End of the Day and Time to Eat

Before the day of the parade, SFRCF member Sharon Diaz planned the float background and gave the plywood a new coat of paint.

Parade day began with a breakfast at Blondies Restaurant, a Shelton favorite.

Parade-Day Breakfast at Blondies
Parade-Day Breakfast at Blondies

After breakfast, club members began to assemble the float near the parade starting point. The float was assembled, decorated, and an American Flag was attached as a final touch: the float was ready to go.

Preparing the Float
Preparing the Float

Mounting the Airplanes and Completing the Background Decorations
Mounting the Airplanes and Completing the Background Decorations

The float was hitched to a van belonging to, and driven by, Richard Robb. Richard also supervised the attachment of large banners advertising the RC clubs to the sides of the van.

Hitching the Float
Hitching the Float

Driver Dick Robb and Banner
Driver Dick Robb and Banner

Float: Left Side
Float: Left Side

Float: Right Side
Float: Right Side

The parade began at 11:00 AM along Shelton's main street, Railroad Avenue.

In the Parade
In the Parade

All club members who participated in preparing the float had lots of fun during the project. Besides preparing the float, members enjoyed the excitement of the parade among the spectators who lined the several blocks of the parade route. The float was awarded third place in its category.

From left to right are Darryl Casad, Eric Oberg, Bob Beatty, Jody Diaz, Sharon Diaz, Dave Fisher, Troy, Lanning, Burt Daggett, Dick Robb, and Chuck Kentfield. The author was behind the camera.
From left to right are Darryl Casad, Eric Oberg, Bob Beatty, Jody Diaz, Sharon Diaz, Dave Fisher, Troy, Lanning, Burt Daggett, Dick Robb, and Chuck Kentfield.

Dick Robb and the Third Place Award.
Dick Robb and the Third Place Award.

Sharon Diaz After a Long Parade Day.
The First to Arrive and the Last to Leave.
Sharon Diaz After a Long Parade Day--the First to Arrive and the Last to Leave.

Members who participated in the assembly of the float included Darryl Casad, Eric Oberg, Bob Beatty, Jody Diaz, Sharon Diaz, Dave Fisher, Troy Lanning, Burt Daggett, Dick Robb, and Chuck Kentfield. Anyone else who helped with the float whose name does not appear in the list--thank you for your help.

Watch a flash slideshow of the Paul Bunyan Parade.
Slide show takes about 6 minutes and will start and run automatically. The slide show contains images taken before, during, and after the parade.






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Royce Tivel


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