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2010 Mississippi Mini Pictures

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WOW what a great day it was.This was my 1st mini to attend & loved every minute of it.

I would like to Thank BRO Larry for making it happen.

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Thanks for the tips Dale

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Walter Monkhouse ~~~ Love the disclaimer

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Look y'all 1 hand

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Using a boom on the jump pole

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It starts like this

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Jackie Monkhouse using a drill to lift the pole outside of the Flowood MS library

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You put in the pins like so

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More pics in the next post.Please wait for me to finish before posting comments

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See that easy

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Dale, Jackie & Mike discussing using it on concrete

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An awesome design

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Oh NOOOOOOOO its raining & the clown needs to be rescued

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Wet but the clown is safe

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Walter & Jackie it was a pleasure meeting you & Thank you for the gifts! Gonna go see your display this year.

Congrats to Collin for winning this prize

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WOW a 16 channel LOR controller

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You think he's Happy?

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Congrats to Chris for winning the pooh inflatable.

Congrats to Me for winning the Lightshow Pro software.Thank You Mike for demonstrating how to use it & his lovely wife for picking my name out the cup.

There were other prizes that were given out but don't remember the info on that.

I also enjoyed the ropelight & wireframe demonstration by Steve.

This is the last of the pictures.Feel free to comment now.

It was great meeting all you folks & hope to see y'all next year!!!

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