North Texas Renewable Energy Group - Event Photo Journal
2010 Fort Worth Mayfest
 
Mayfest 2010 was the largest event NTREG ever attended. More than 200,000 visitors in four days kept us busy. Weather was perfect! Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer made its first Mayfest appearance this year. We ran an air conditioner all day, and had lights at night. Concordia College was in an adjoining booth. They didn't bring any lights .. and we had plenty .. so we ran an extension cord from our booth to theirs and proceeded to light up their booth and ours for the entire four-day Mayfest event.


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Mayfest is held the first weekend of May each year in Fort Worth's Trinity River Park.
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We had plenty of wind for our small wind turbine!
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Getting ready means an early start on Thursday morning, just after sunrise.
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Assembling the wind turbine. So easy a second grader can do it. Where's a second grader when you need one?
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Was that "turn left-handed threads to the right .. or right-handed threads to the left?"
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Getting ready for the big lift.
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NTREG member Sam Little (red shirt) holds the turbine, while Jim Banks and Dy Winsett look on.
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Ready .. set ... !!!
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GO!!!
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Mike Renner (NTREG Chair), and Jim Duncan (NTREG Secretary) hold the pole vertical, while Dy and Jim Banks secure the guy wires.
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Ummm... guys .. it's still not vertical .. but getting close.
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Success!! The little wind turbine provided some of the electricity for our booth.
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Mike Renner's solar trailer also provided electricity. With all the solar "horsepower" we had more than we could use!
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All three sources of solar energy in one photo: Light (electricity). Heat (solar oven). Wind (wind turbine).
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Set up and ready to go! Many hands make faster work of the preparation effort.
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With the big items done, it was time to tend to the details.
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Almost ready!
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Shade would normally be a problem for solar electricity. At Mayfest, it's a welcome relief from the sun.
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We used several solar ovens to make chocolate chip cookies, which we gave out for free.
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Dan used his Sun Oven (in front of the Solar Shuttle) to cook dinner for the entire booth crew!
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Jim Banks made bread. Took longer than with a regular oven, but still came out golden brown, and delicious!
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The thermometer reads 250F. Doesn't cook as fast, but cooks food more gently - and for free!
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Here come the crowds!
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We had a steady stream of visitors all day, each day. Saturday was the busiest.
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Sam Little (red shirt), Jim Duncan (seated) and Dy Winsett (background) were the first shift on Thursday.
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Saturday means no school. This also means children. (Sure could have used their help when we were assembling the wind turbine!)
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A view from our booth looking north. This was one of the "calm" periods.
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Same view later in the day. Wall-to-wall people!
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Looking south from our booth. Mayfest attracts up to 250,000 visitors each year!
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Ducks .. out of water.
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Fort Worth Water Rescue Squad .. in the water! They needed rescuing themselves!
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The Rescue Squad got stuck in axle-deep mud. A tow truck at the top of the berm pulled the rescue truck out.
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Children playing and dancing on a huge sand pile.
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Other children did their dancing on stage.
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Woodworking and crafts were a very popular attraction for all ages.
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Persistence pays off. These two young men finished a rather odd-looking birdhouse after much effort.
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A young dancer talks with a member of the Fort Worth Fire Department. (A future firefighter herself perhaps?)
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FOX 4 news personalities Chip Waggoner (left), Weatherman Evan Andrews (center), and the FOX 4 band. They were surprisingly good!
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Students from a Fort Worth high school ROTC group get ready to "present the colors".
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The flags presented, and the band began playing the patriotic songs that give you goose-bumps when we hear them.
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The US Air Force Band played a number of songs from "America the Beautiful" to marches by Sousa.
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The light poles were custom-made by Mike Renner, and sure came in handy after dark!
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Late in the day. It's difficult to tell, but we already have our booth lights on.
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Energy from the sun stored in batteries in Dan's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer provided ample energy for lights.
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Not only did we power our booth, we provided lights for Concordia College in the adjoining booth AND Green Mountain's "Energy Trailer" for the entire event!*
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Dan (background), NTREG Advisor, and Jim Duncan (hat), NTREG Secretary, enjoy a rare calm moment late Thursday evening.
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A few of our booth crew: Jim Banks, Dy Winsett, Dan Lepinski, and Jim Duncan. Thanks to all who volunteered!
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Incredible that all this light is powered by 100% solar electricity from batteries in Dan's "Solar Shuttle". Our booth was the best illuminated at the entire event!

* Green Mountain Energy's trailer was equipped with batteries and an inverter. However, a broken wire in their trailer left them in the dark just before Mayfest opened, and they didn't have time to repair it. NTREG, with help from Dan's Solar Shuttle solar trailer powered Green Mountain all four days!

 

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