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Vandenberg hosts the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Scotty Morgan, a 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, cooks burgers during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Scotty Morgan, a 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, cooks burgers during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Capt. Max Bassman, a 532nd Training Squadron instructor, cooks burgers during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Capt. Max Bassman, a 532nd Training Squadron instructor, cooks burgers during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Mason Armstrong, a 532nd Training Squadron member, serves a hotdog to Capt. Nick Barton, a 533rd Training Squadron member, during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Mason Armstrong, a 532nd Training Squadron member, serves a hotdog to Capt. Nick Barton, a 533rd Training Squadron member, during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Michael Ryan, son of Tech. Sgt. Kevin Ryan Jr., the 381st Training Group noncommissioned officer in-charge of training assessment, and Stephanie Ryan, pins the tail on a donkey during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Michael Ryan, son of Tech. Sgt. Kevin Ryan Jr., the 381st Training Group noncommissioned officer in-charge of training assessment, and Stephanie Ryan, pins the tail on a donkey during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --Maj. Bryan Titus, the National Reconnaissance Office director of operations, launches a rocket carrying a cow pie during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --Maj. Bryan Titus, the National Reconnaissance Office director of operations, launches a rocket carrying a cow pie during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Jonathan Whitaker, a Joint Functional Component Command Space launch safety officer, talks to Chris Schmeltz, a retired military member, about his 1972 Corvette Stingray during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Jonathan Whitaker, a Joint Functional Component Command Space launch safety officer, talks to Chris Schmeltz, a retired military member, about his 1972 Corvette Stingray during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Alexandra Ontiveros, daughter of Staff Sgt. Mario Ontiverios, a 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation officer, and Michelle Ontiveros, climbs a rock wall during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Alexandra Ontiveros, daughter of Staff Sgt. Mario Ontiverios, a 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation officer, and Michelle Ontiveros, climbs a rock wall during the 24th Annual Texas Blowout event at Cocheo Park here Friday, August 10, 2012. The 392d Training Squadron hosted the event to help support families and bring camaraderie to the Vandenberg community by providing attractions including a bounce house, a car show, pin the tail on the donkey and a cow pie tossing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. -- Some say everything is bigger in Texas, and it seems that the coordinators of the 24th annual Texas Blowout event on Aug. 10 at Cocheo Park here have taken that to heart.

The 2012 Texas Blowout featured numerous family-fun activities including a silent auction, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, gift baskets, games, car show, a cow pie throwing contest, and a barbecue.

"This is the best turnout (for the Texas Blowout) most people remember seeing in years," said Capt. Daniel Shimonsky, 532nd Training Squadron instructor supervisor and event coordinator. "None of this would be possible without the support of the 30th Space Wing."

This family-oriented event, hosted by the 392nd Training Squadron, was jam-packed with events for the youngsters and the young at heart.

"It is a great event to get the kids out of the house and play," said Mandi McCullion, Texas Blowout participant and Team V spouse. "There is a lot of stuff for everyone to do; my son, Eagan, loves the bounce house."