Bowman’s Market, an independent grocer in Kaysville, Utah, plans to launch a donut into space on Friday, June 7, at approximately 10 a.m. (weather permitting) to celebrate National Donut Day.
The idea originated with baker/flight director Noah Wenzel after he became familiar with a similar effort in Europe.
The donut will be placed on a platform attached to a box containing camera and GPS equipment. The box, or payload, is attached to an open parachute, then both are fastened to a weather balloon filled with helium. The balloon rises to a height of approximately 22 miles until changes in air pressure eventually cause the balloon to burst. The parachute then takes over as the donut makes its way back to Earth.
“It’s been an extremely rewarding project so far,” said Wenzel. “We view ourselves as a unique store and launching a donut into space matches up with our mission to do fun and extraordinary things in our community.”
The launch will take place in the store parking lot. Tracking the donut is possible every 60 seconds via on-board GPS, and can be followed at bowmansmarket.com.
Store customers can help name the donut, attend the launch, and participate in a contest to guess where the donut will land. There will also be a coloring contest for children.
Bowman’s Market opened its doors in 1913 in the small community of Kaysville. The present Bowman’s Market at 326 North Main Street was built in 1996.
Bowman’s offers an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods.