The NEAT Fair again this year presented the John Sermos Memorial Youth Aviation Award to the most skilled junior AMA member flying at the show. This year, Jon Ziering of NJ easily won this honor with his masterful "3D" skills with a small prototype model. Beside the plaque, Jon was given a brand new Polk Tracker II radio system, BIG Axi Brushless motor and Jeti controller. This Award was partial sponsored by Hobby Lobby SEFLI and Modelair-Tech.
The Event organizers decided that Don Bousquet (Narragansett, RI) had won the "Best Sport" model with his huge "stand-in-the-next-county-scale" WW1 era bipe.
Master builder and flyer Dave Grife (Coldwater, MI) was awarded "Best Scale" model of the 2003 show with his Hacker/Thunderpower LiPo powered "Ike". Dave scratch-built the model from his own plans taken from the Paul Matt drawings.
Don Belfort won the "most flights award" (this is a repeat award as he also won this in 2001). Don really hustles all weekend flying all the models he brings (seen here with his Today's Hobbies F-18 (pusher 300) and his scratch-built B-24).
Monies accumulated from the sale of the model estate of the late John Sermos allows SEFLI to give away raffle prizes to junior modelers at the NEAT Fair. Here is a picture of the winners. Chuck Waldo won first place prize of a Scorpio Hellcat complete with brushless motor geared system and ESC (partially sponsored by Hobby Lobby (www.hobby-lobby.com). This raffle is free to AMA card holding junior modelers
A paid-for raffle again was held at this years fair. First prize (drawn on Saturday) was a Graupner Taxi ARF, Tracker II radio system, Axi brushless motor, Jeti ESC and a 10 cell CP-2400 battery pack. This package was won by Ray Ackerson of NC. Friday's and Sunday's Raffle was a three-pack of Modelair-tech Stik kits, complete with motors.
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