QUARTER III | 2015
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
ScienceFest – The Secret City Unlocked was a Success! ScienceFest, the signature event of Los Alamos County, took place July 15–19. ScienceFest celebrates Los Alamos’ heritage with history and science-based events for the entire family. Even a little rain on Festival Day didn’t stop the fun. New this year was the New Mexico True Drone Zone, sponsored by the New Mexico Tourism Department and facilitated by the Bradbury Science Museum. Experienced drone pilots brought their own drones and competed in an agility course for a chance to win $500. Nicknamed “The Drone Eater” by competitors, the course proved to be a challenge. Winner Darren Savage
finished the course in 46 seconds. Beginners were also able to get in on the fun by trying their hand at flying mini-drones. Also new this year was the re-creation of the iconic main gate at Entrance Park. The façade was constructed by Los Alamos County and painted by local artist Livy Snyder and her art class from Fuller Lodge Art Center. Designed to be an information booth for ScienceFest visitors, it proved to be quite popular with locals as well. The picture was complete when White Rock resident Ken Uher brought out his 1939 Buick Special Convertible Opera Coupe.
Festival Day also featured interactive exhibits, the Chalk Walk, robot demonstrations, historic walking tours, a one-act play, actors dressed in 1940’s attire, Manhattan Project-era cars around town, a spy-themed scavenger hunt, and of course, the beer garden with live music. ScienceFest wrapped up with Rocket Day, located off-site just north of Espanola. The goals of ScienceFest are to showcase the remarkable community of Los Alamos while drawing people to the central business district and supporting a vibrant downtown. Total attendance for all of the programming was more CONTINUED ON PAGE 3