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Jumps for Hope

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford All

The Jumps for Hope event on Saturday, June 23 at the Rushford Municipal Airport had a turn out of over 300 spectators and 114 participants in the skydiving event. Many area residents joined in the 13,000 foot jump including Rushford Airport Commission Chairperson Charla Miertschin, Historic Bluff Country Director Tricia Parrish, and Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum.

The event was slated to have three jumps at 8am, noon, and 4pm, but poor weather pushed the start back five hours. The first jump group departed at 12:30 and the last at 8:55 that night. “It was a phenomenal, incredible day,” said Miertschin. “I didn’t see anything but smiles.” The event raised over $10,000 for cancer research.

And how did Mayor Hallum fare? “It was a blast. I’m stiIl trying to wrap my head around it. I was the first jump and missed the airport by a mile!” joked Hallum. After factoring in weather conditions, the group adjusted the drop point and the rest of the jumpers arrived safely on the airport grounds. “Seriously, anyone can land at the ariport,” added Hallum. “It takes talent to land a mile away.”

The event was a coordinated effort between the city, airport commission, Jumps for Hope, and Westside Skydivers. Another event, Spectaculair is scheduled for the airport in September.

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