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Perham Cub Scouts aim for the sky with bottle rocket launch contest

The scouts headed to Arvig Park in Perham on Tuesday, May 17 to launch bottle rockets they built themselves.

A young Cub Scout prepares to release his bottle rocket into the sky at Arvig Park in Perham on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
A young Cub Scout prepares to release his bottle rocket into the sky at Arvig Park in Perham on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus
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PERHAM — Perham's skies were filled with soaring rockets on Tuesday, May 17, thanks to a project by the local Cub Scouts. Each young scout went to Arvig Park that evening prepared with his own home-built bottle rocket; with the help of adults, the scouts used water and air pressure to launch their projectiles into the air.

There were prizes available to the three scouts who launched their rockets the furthest, and excited chatter about who the winners would be immediately began among the kids.

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With the help of two adults, one Cub Scout holds a string, ready to pull it and send his bottle rocket into the sky.
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A crowd watches as a Scout's rocket launches into the air.
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Cub Scouts lined up to fill their rockets with water in preparation for launch.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

Excited yells, clapping and cheers could be heard far and wide as one rocket launched after another. The rockets' flight distances were measured by helping adults.

The three winners each received a $5 gift card for the Perham McDonald's:

  • Third place: Jack Hemberger, 11 feet and three inches from the target
  • Second place: Levi Murdock, 18 feet and 6 inches from the target
  • First place: Calvin Flink, 22 feet and 1 inch from the target
Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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