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Raising $16,000 for kids - priceless

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Racquetball racket $20; safety goggles $7; cow pie...downright messy. Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, hits a cow pie with a racket at the 22nd Annual Texas Blowout. The event, hosted by the 381st Training Group, raised more than $16,000, which will go toward Vandenberg's Operation Kids Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Racquetball racket $20; safety goggles $7; cow pie...downright messy. Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, hits a cow pie with a racket at the 22nd Annual Texas Blowout. The event, hosted by the 381st Training Group, raised more than $16,000, which will go toward Vandenberg's Operation Kids Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Lt. Col. Michael Dombrowski, the Operations Group deputy commander, winds up to throw his cow pie discus during the 22nd Annual Texas Blowout at Cocheo Park here Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. The 30th Space Wing Staff Agencies decorated a dried cow pie for their respective commanders in order to participate in the cow pie toss contest which will raise money for Vandenberg’s Operation Kids Christmas event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Lt. Col. Michael Dombrowski, the Operations Group deputy commander, winds up to throw his cow pie discus during the 22nd Annual Texas Blowout at Cocheo Park here Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. The 30th Space Wing Staff Agencies decorated a dried cow pie for their respective commanders in order to participate in the cow pie toss contest which will raise money for Vandenberg’s Operation Kids Christmas event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Volunteers man the grill during the 381st Training Group’s Texas Blowout barbecue at Cocheo Park here, Aug. 13, 2010. The event featured a cow pie tossing contest, bake sale, games for children, car show and lots of food. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Volunteers man the grill during the 381st Training Group’s Texas Blowout barbecue at Cocheo Park here, Aug. 13, 2010. The event featured a cow pie tossing contest, bake sale, games for children, car show and lots of food. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)