“For the Love of OSH” Essay Competition Opens with Flurry of Entries

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor
    
We all know people who have attended “The World’s Largest Aviation Celebration” at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each summer are a passionate group. Pilots generally are quite excited about aviation in general, but when on the show grounds, magic happens, and those who have experienced that magic seem eager to write about it.
    
So when I opened Airplanista’s “For the Love of OSH” Essay Competition Friday night, May 31 (ahead of the planned June 1 opening by a few hours to check for bugs), we received a number of quick entries. That initial wave was followed Saturday (official opening day) with more entries, all telling pretty much the same story.
    
This show means a great deal to everyone who attends, but when asked to put that into words, the passion for “Oshkosh” flows freely. I will not go into any details of any individual entry, but all are very clear that this show has/had a profound impact on the lives of the essay authors.
    
The essay submission window will remain open at Oshbash.com until (1) we receive 100 entries, or (2) July 5th. Our panel of anonymous judges will score the entries, and as competition administrator, I will tally the results after July 5 and notify the seven finalists with the highest scores. Those finalists will be invited to attend my Oshbash Social Media Meetup event Tuesday, July 23, 530P to 730P in the EAA Media HQ Press Tent, and at 630P, all will be on stage when I announce the winners. With almost $3,200 in prizes and awards to be given away, expect a lot of smiles as people collect their swag for a job well done describing in words what this incredible show means to them.
    
None of this would be happening without the huge sponsorship of several very well-known aviation companies. Donating cash, prizes or awards are Foreflight, Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Sporty’s Pilot Shop (which also sponsors the Bacon Jerky tasting we have), X-Plane 11, Flying Eyes Optics and Edco Awards and Specialties. I am getting additional support as usual from Dick Knapinski, EAA Communications Director for use of the venue, @Jen_Niffer for being my drop point for the goods being shipped (and driving them to the show), and Julie Celeste of Celeste/Daniels Advertising (my company) for web support and allowing me time out of our very busy agency workload to develop and promote #Oshbash.
    
If you want to get in on the competition and maybe be one of the seven finalists, go to oshbash.com and click the “Submit an Essay” link at the very top. You’ll be auto-scrolled to the place on the site where you can download the PDF rules (required) and then submit your essay in 500 words or less.
    
Don’t wait if interested. If early entries are any indication, I expect to hit the 100 entry limit easily, so fire up the old word processor, and let the creativity flow. I KNOW the story is in you, because if you’ve been to Oshkosh, writing about it will come easily. Just let the free flow of passion run out of your fingers to the page, tell us a good story, and hit the “submit” button. You’ll know soon after July 5 of you’ll be one of the seven finalists on stage Tuesday, 7/23 at #Oshbash.
    
And even if you do not enter, and are on the grounds that day, stop by this gathering of #avgeeks and help us celebrate aviation social media. If you get there at 530P there will be all the Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky you can scarf down, and I can assure you it is as good as it sounds.

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