Brick Blowout event draws hundreds to WACO

More than 600 people attend LEGO-themed event

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Brick by brick, LEGO enthusiasts from around the Miami Valley showcased their artistry and creativity at the first Brick Blowout event held at the Waco Air Museum and Learning Center on Saturday.

According to Learning Center Director Nancy Royer, the event drew more than 600 attendees to the museum to enjoy approximately 46 entries for its fourth annual LEGO contest, a building zone, brick market, scavenger hunt and a LEGO movie and free popcorn all afternoon.

The Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO User’s Group (OKILUG) also brought its large scale models of an airport and train depot as part of the day’s events.

The learning center also had its FTC and LEGO League teams on site to demonstrate their engineering and problem solving skills for the crowds throughout the day.

Royer said the learning center got the idea from large-scale LEGO events and decided to bring a similar event on a smaller scale to coincide with its annual LEGO contest.

“The contest had some tough competition especially in the 9-12 year-old division,” Royer said. “We are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

The public can still vote for the People’s Choice Award online at until March 31. Each vote is $1 and all proceeds benefit the learning center. Those who vote also have a chance to win a ride for two on the museum’s new YMF-5 Waco bi-plane. Winners will be announced on April 3 on Facebook.

The following participants won prizes for their entries to the contest: Adults — first place, David Dollan of Troy (No. 38), second place, Jackson Tittle of New Carlisle (No. 10), and third place Matthew Patton of Tipp City (No. 18); 13 to 17 years old — first place, Jeriah Hinten of Ludlow Falls (No. 39), second place, Lydia Pinsenschaum of Dayton (No. 22); Ryan Pinsenschaum of Dayton (No. 20); 9-12 years old — first place, Adam Flood, of Sidney (N0.17), second place, Calvin Linson of Sidney (No. 7), third place, Logan Linson of Sidney (No. 6); 5-8 years old — first place, Lukas Moore of Tipp City (No. 30), second place, Micha Sharbuagh of New Carlisle (No. 34), third place, Ruth Tittle of New Carlisle (No. 9).

Prizes included Wal-Mart, Meijer, Scene 75 Arcade and Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant gift cards, and passes to Jumpy’s Fun Zone and Sky Zone.
More than 600 people attend LEGO-themed event

By Melanie Yingst

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