2007 October Sky Festival
The 2007 October Sky Festival
was held October 6, 2007
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.
Have photos of the October Sky Festival
you'd like to share? We'd love to have them!
Please contact Charlie.
See the Dan Traveling Video on the
2007 October Sky Festival!
Click here to watch a 7-minute video of Homer Hickam and astronaut Bill Readdy addressing the crowd at the 2007 October Sky Festival. Homer and Bill are standing on the front porch of the Clubhouse in Coalwood. (10MB, opens in QuickTime.)
Laura Booth took these photos during the
2007 October Sky Festival. Astronaut William Readdy is signing
autographs in one picture; he is sitting at the table with the NASA group that
brought the moon rock that was on display. One of the pictures is of Homer
sitting on the church steps with a school group.
"Dear friends of Coalwood,
The event was fantastic! The Florida Rocket Boys felt like homecoming heroes. Thanks so much for your effort. It was a terrific inspiration for all of the young minds that attended.
We will be coming back next year and bringing the new Reach for the Stars contest winners with us. To see the other photos - including the launches at Cape Coalwood, go to http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=b386mmi.6g19xw8u&x=0&y=-1sbcpm "
For more information on the Reach for the Stars contest, please visit this web
Below are the articles which appeared on
this web site before the
2007 October Sky Festival.
October Sky actor to be in Coalwood,
October 6, 2007!
For the first time ever, a cast member from the film version of October Sky will make an appearance at this year’s event. Scott Miles, who portrayed Homer’s older brother Jim Hickam in the movie, will be on hand to meet fans of the movie and “bring a touch of Hollywood to Coalwood”, said event organizers. Mr. Miles has starred in several major motion pictures and television series in addition to “October Sky”, including “Remember the Titans”, “The Patriot” and “Star Trek-Voyager”. Read more about Scott on the Internet Movie Database.
Former Astronaut Bill Readdy
Scheduled to be at the 2007 October Sky Festival!
Read full press release about the 2007 October
(Opens in Microsoft Word.)
International Space Station To Fly Over
Linda Hickam writes: "To help celebrate the October Sky Festival, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, and the laws of physics have agreed to fly the International Space Station over Coalwood, West Virginia, the night of Thursday, October 4, 2007 [Sputnik's 50th Anniversary] at 7:32 p.m. The International Space Station will also fly over Coalwood October 5 at 7:53 p.m., and again at 8:18 p.m. on Saturday night [the actual date of the 2007 October Sky Festival]. If there aren't too many clouds, we should be able to see it!!"
Old Photos and Home Movies Needed
If you have old photos or home movies of Coalwood, you can be a big help to filmmaker Steve Date!
Please click here for more information.
Reach for the Stars
The 2007 Reach for the Stars contest has finished. They sent this press release: "We are thrilled that two of our young winners will be able to join us in Coalwood for the  October Sky Festival to meet Homer Hickam and launch with you - the original Rocket Boys and astronaut Bill Readdy. We are as excited as the kids. (A short TV news clip is attached.) Go to http://www.bradenton.com/local/story/153229.html to see the newspaper article." For more information on the Reach for the Stars contest, please visit their web site: www.therocketman.net
October Sky Festival
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Coalwood, West Virginia, USA
The Ninth Annual October Sky Festival in Coalwood, West Virginia, will be Saturday, October 6, 2007, when Coalwood will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. All the Rocket Boys plan to be there as well as former astronaut Bill Readdy. Readdy is a veteran pilot astronaut with three space flights, STS-42 (January 22-30, 1992), STS-51 (September 12-22, 1993) and STS-79 (September 16-26, 1996). Readdy has logged over 672 hours in space. See Bill's NASA biography. Note: all general times and information for the October Sky Festival remain the same year-to-year. Please scroll down for details. We hope to see you in Coalwood!
2007: The 50th Anniversary of the Launch of
Click here for more information on Sputnik 1
and to read the entire Welch Daily News front page from October 5, 1957