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Skydivers are an extreme and fun-loving group of people. For the attendees at the 11th annual Deadman Boogie, it is only fitting to honor the fallen among them with an extreme and fun weekend full of love and community.
Adrenaline junkies from all over the United States and Canada descended on Skydive Lone Star in Luling, Texas in late October for the Deadman Boogie. The party, which lasted for three days and went through fifty-five gallons of local craft beer, might seem at first glance to be just another skydiving event. There was a DJ, a live band, snow cones, and even bounce houses for the littlest observers. Non-stop Kingair and Sky Van flights took up load after load of licensed jumpers and first-time tandem students.
The roaring party, however, actually served as a memorial for lost loved ones, both in and out of the skydiving community. A wooden coffin surrounded by placards adorned with the names of the dead sat in the middle of the drop zone. These placards, along with the coffin, would later go up in flames at a special bonfire on Saturday night after a long day of jumps.
Skydiving is an amazing sport for many reasons. The sheer beauty of the sky, the rush of free fall, and the adventure of pushing yourself as an athlete all draw people to the sport. The culture of skydiving and the love shared in the community is perhaps the best part and the emphasis on that aspect is what makes the Deadman Boogie so special.