Annual ‘Fly-in, Drive-in BBQ’ set for Sunday


Weather permitting, the 13th-annual “Fly-in, Drive-in BBQ” is set for this Sunday (June 3) at the Fort Frances Airport.
The event, which will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., is free of charge.
“This year we have a special event,” said organizer Bruce Caldwell. “The Hercules from Winnipeg is coming in, and it’s a big airplane.
“The Hercules will probably fly over Fort Frances before it lands,” he noted. “It will probably circle the town a few times.”
Then once at the airport, it will be on display and “people will be able to go in and inspect it.”
“You can walk in the back end of it and stand up,” said Caldwell. “It is a pretty good-sized airplane.”
The 434 Squadron out of Winnipeg will be bringing the airplane in, which normally is used for search-and-rescue missions.
Other pilots may be bringing their planes in, as well.
“Usually, we have people fly in from Thunder Bay and the Winnipeg area,” noted Caldwell.
“You can look at them, as long as you don’t touch!” he stressed.
“Right now I’ve had two calls from Thunder Bay [from pilots saying they will attend] and one from Steinbach, but it all depends on the weather.”
When the weather is nice, “we have up to 10 or 12 at times,” said Caldwell.
“I’m hoping for that.”
Meanwhile, a special radio-controlled airplane demonstration will occur around 11:30 p.m.
“Hopefully, some of the radio-controlled airplanes will be flying and people can come out and watch them,” said Caldwell.
“Anybody who’s got one who likes to fly can bring it out and put it on display.”
As well, the #908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets will be on hand Sunday providing a food booth.
“They’re the ones doing the barbecue,” Caldwell noted.
“And we have the Early Iron Car Club, usually a bunch of them come out,” he added.
“As long as it’s not raining, the antique cars are expected to show.” A group of motorcycle enthusiasts also will feature a display.
Caldwell said the annual event attracts, on average,up to a dozen cars and four or five motorcycles.
A “People’s Choice Award” will be presented to the favourite antique car, motorcycle, and radio-controlled airplane.
This year, the day was changed from Saturday to Sunday.
“We’ve had it on Saturday now for quite a while and we’ve had lots of trouble with the weather,” said Caldwell.
“So we thought, ‘We’ll try Sunday and see what happens,’” he reasoned.
“I’m hoping we have a good day for weather.”