While the rain and bursts of hail came and went throughout the morning, the storms didn’t stop residents from going to Thin Line and Redbud Festival events Saturday.
Forecasts for severe weather led several events this weekend to be canceled, postponed or moved indoors. Although there was a lot of rain coming and going throughout the day, Denton County Emergency Services Director Jody Gonzalez said there was no significant damage.
“The only thing we’d be looking at now is road closures,” he said. “We’re not worried about river flooding. We’re checking usual areas for closures due to the amount of rain they’ve received.”
Denton received about 1.9 inches of rain by late afternoon Saturday.
There was hail in southern parts of Denton with the largest being the size of a half-dollar in The Colony, Gonzalez said.
There was a structure fire in Ponder, but Gonzalez said county officials didn’t know if it was weather-related.
The Redbud Festival was moved indoors at the Denton Civic Center and had a patio full of guests for the Trashion Fashion Show, featuring garments made out of discarded materials. More than 20 designers showcased their sustainable fashion and environmental messages on the runway.
For Rachel Hudson, who won Best of Show, this was her first year participating. Hudson began working on her design in January, using paper and fabric dyed with materials she found locally.
“I really find inspiration in nature, and all the pieces on the dress were actually found in Denton County in different fracking sites and different parks,” she said.
Every designer had to connect the materials with their impact on wildlife and provide an alternative solution. Hudson focused on methane emissions from landfills. Processing trees releases carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change. The solution she offered is to convert to digital sources instead of using paper, and using sustainable paper and pulp production.
It rained during the outdoor fashion show, but guests stayed dry under the patio’s roof.
Also on Saturday in downtown Denton, film producer Ben Saks hosted an indoor free-flight demonstration at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church to go along with Float, which screened as part of Thin Line on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Saks, of Pittsburgh, co-produced the film documentary about the F1D World Championships, an elite model airplane contest. The documentary follows several American competitors as they prepare for and compete at the championships.
F1D planes are flown indoors, powered by a rubber band. The duration of the flight is what’s important, not the speed. The plane must weigh a minimum of 1.2 grams without the rubber band motor and have a maximum wingspan of 55 centimeters (21.65 inches), according to the World Air Sports Federation.
Saks, 34, has competed in the national and international championships for F1D model planes. He came in second place at the international championships in 2002 in the junior division and won third place overall.
“You need the right tools,” Saks said. “You can use any material, but in order to build the plane to weigh 1.2 or 1.4 grams, you’re limited to what is that light already.”
That means creators use OS film, a type of polyester Mylar film. It is 0.5 micron thin (about 0.00002 inches).
Saks’ model stayed airborne for several minutes in the church gym as he showed visitors how his plane works.
The slow-moving plane must be flown indoors with the air conditioning off to keep a draft from disrupting its flight. Saks guided the plane’s movement to keep it from crashing into the ceiling rafters too often.
Seung Kim, one of the visitors, made a 32-mile trip from Bedford to see the film.
“[Model planes are] my longtime interest, so I was really curious,” Kim said.
Thin Line runs through Sunday. Visit www.thinline.us for a schedule of events.