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« on: May 24, 2011, 07:52 AM »

Tornado hit at 7:00 pm. 

Most fliers left field at around 4:00.  Barbara Meyer, Richard & Marti Dermer
were some of the last to leave and missed the tornado.

Only 1 flier lost his home, Scott & Judy McCoy.  Both of their Golden Retrievers
are in heaven now.  Scott & family lost everything.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 09:05 AM »

Greg let us know if there is anything we can do to help out Scott and his family...
good to hear everyone is safe..i know that Park said he left a bit early on sunday...
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 12:43 PM »

So sorry to hear about Scott.
   Flying was wonderful Saturday. Great wind and sunny and nice field.  Left Sunday at 12:00 for long drive home and winds were too strong for most flying anyway.   Thanks for all the hard work Greg and my best wishes and prayers go out to all of Joplin. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 08:09 AM »

Emergency teams doing a FANTASTIC job.  Some of Joplin is locked down due to the scam
artists, looters and so on.  People that do that, well, old west justice is needed!  Went to
Scott's yesterday afternoon.  Words can NOT describe the destruction!  We will survive here
and the kite fest next year will be bigger and better.  None of us thought Sunday afternoon
when we were getting kites down in the high winds, that this would happen!

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 10:11 AM »

Greg, much thanks for all the work you and Virgil do to put the fest on, and so very sorry that Joplin got hit the way it did. I would have been back on sunday if not my sister coming into town to take me out for a pre-birthday brunch, probably would have been getting a burger or something somewhere down on 7th street. How close to the kite field was the path? All thoughts and prayers to all of you up there.

Greg is hit and miss with getting on the internet, as you may well imagine, but I got an e-mail from him today that stated one of Scott's dogs had been pulled out of the rubble alive, the other didn't make it.

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 07:33 PM »

Thanks for the update Greg! Could not get off work for festival and was worried about everyone. Did anyone stay overnight on Sunday and if so have they all been accounted for?Huh?  Our prayers for Scott and family.....glad they are all OK!

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 12:56 PM »

Everyone departed Joplin (out of town kiters), Barbara Meyer headed back home about 3 to 3:30 pm,
Dermer's left about 4 pm along with the few people who were slow about getting SLK's down and packed.
Knew that we had high winds both days but NEVER thought that it would come up to 200+ mph that afternoon.
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