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Fly-In Drive-In event at airport Saturday adds vendors


By Brianna Stephens
Advocate Associate Editor

The Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast and Aviation Day has expanded to include more than 40 vendors, exhibitors and organizations for its event Sept. 14, organizers say.

The event at the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport, 709 Airport Road, has already received a lot of attention on social media, Jan Puetthoff, president of EAA Chapter 1227, told the Advocate.
Parking and admission for the day are free.

The day-long event will start with a $6 breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Airplane rides, the most popular activity of the day, Puetthoff said, will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Rides cost $25 for adults and $15 for children under 18. There are no age restrictions, however, there is a 250 pound weight limit, he said.

Signups for airplane rides will end at 2 p.m.

Last year the pilots that were donating their time and planes flew more than 200 people, Puetthoff said.

Proceeds raised from the breakfast and the airplane rides go back to benefit the EAA Chapter 1227 Young Eagles program, which takes children ages 8 to 17 for airplane rides each year at no cost, Puetthoff said.

Because the wait for the airplane rides can be long, vendors offering items like jewelry, children’s clothing and arts and crafts, exhibitors and organizations will be set up for event-goers to browse.

The Montgomery County High School Orchestra Boosters will be selling barbecue food and refreshments, and kettle corn and shaved ice vendors are also expected to be on hand.

Pilots from several states will be flying in for the event, Puetthoff said, and will have their planes on display for the community to view. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to watch the planes land and take off.

He added he hopes to have a Black Hawk helicopter from the Frankfort Army National Guard make an appearance.

Officer Don Evans of WKYT will also be arriving in his helicopter at 10 a.m. and will help serve breakfast. After, he will be around until 1 p.m. to answer questions and talk with the community.

A candy drop will also take place at 2 p.m., Puetthoff said.

For the drive-in portion of the event, the Montgomery County Fire-EMS Dept. will be on hand with its fire trucks and an educational smoke house, he said, in addition to a Link-Belt Crane and state police cars.
The local EAA chapter continues to work hard to offer an event everyone in the community will enjoy while introducing it to the airport, Puetthoff said, as it plays an important role in the community and is an affordable means of travel.

Puetthoff commended the volunteers who have helped make the event possible for this year and encourages the community to attend the family friendly event.