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2005 October Sky Festival

The 2005 October Sky Festival
was held October 1, 2005
in Coalwood, West Virginia.
This page has a few scenes from the Festival!
All photos are thumbnails.  You may click on a photo to enlarge it.

Additional photos by David Grubb (External Site)


Vendors set up booths in front of the pool.

Books are for sale in front of the Methodist Church.
Representatives from Space Camp in Alabama are regular visitors to the October Sky Festival.  Here they are training future astronauts!

That's the company store on the right.

There were four tour buses bringing children from all over.

That's somebody grilling outside the Club House.

The festivities began at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Club House ... starting with a parade ...

Homer and Linda Hickam arrive.

Homer welcomes everyone.

Peggy Blevins welcomes Red Carroll who gives the blessing.

A commemorative t-shirt is presented to each dignitary including Jimmy O'Dell Carroll.

Roy Lee Cooke.

Homer Hickam.

Billy Rose

Linda Hickam.

Homer says a few words.

Next up ... Jimmy O'Dell Carroll.

Billy Rose.

Roy Lee Cooke.

Linda Hickam.

The Rocket Boys are available on the front porch of the Methodist Church to sign autographs most of the day.

A chicken supper is served in the basement of the church,



The rest of the day is spent:
Meeting the residents of Coalwood.
Talking to the Rocket Boys.
Talking to representatives of Space Camp.
Talking to representatives of NASA.
Exploring Coalwood.
Taking a hay ride out to Cape Coalwood to watch rocket launching.
Listening to live music (a lot from the 1950s!)
Dancing in the street.
Buying souvenirs.
Eating lots of food.
And having a great time!