First Ever Hobby Expo
Planes, trains, and automobiles, there was something for the entire family at Rapid City's newest exhibit, the first annual Black Hills Hobby Expo.
Kids and hobbyists of all ages packed General Beadle Elementary School to play and learn at the first ever Black Hills Hobby Expo. The ‘unnofficial’ director, Jim Tiller explains, "We didn't know what to expect. So whatever we get we're happy with this year. But from what we've seen so far we're very encouraged."
Model cars, electric planes, and locomotive trains lined the tables and floors. And the best part, none of these toys are found behind displays of glass. Every plane, every RC car, every model train was available to play with at the expo.
"It's just an idea that all the hobby guys had just about last summer. We decided that there are things that overlap is all our hobbies."
The expo features demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. Basic building for the beginners, to air brushing techniques for the experienced hobbyists. And it doesn't take much to spark interest in hobbies or science, even the simplest of contraptions can be the most entertaining. Starbase, South Dakota is even teaching kids about air pressure, and I never get tired of those tornado tubes.
All these hobbies share a common goal. To spark interest and passion in young kids. And with the countless interactions and activities, chances are high that something will spark your curiosity.
"We really want the young kids, cause those are the future of all our hobbies. And so, we have a lot of thing for them to do and trying to spark and interest to get them doing what we do."
Polly Unterbrunner of Starbase highlights, "There's lots of model building here, racing cars, trains, and science is a passion and we just want to show kids you don't need fancy equipment to do science and to explore your passion. You know, just a couple soda bottles and a two dollar connector and you're set."