Fly-in barbecue in the works

While it may be a month away yet, Bruce Caldwell already is excited to get the third-annual fly-in barbecue off the ground at the Fort Frances Airport.
“It’s all in place. Now, we just have to hope the weather co-operates,” said Caldwell, a self-described “ordinary guy who likes airplanes and the airport.”
The fly-in barbecue, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., once again is designed to showcase the local airport by having private pilots fly in here for the day.
Caldwell once again is expecting fliers from as far away as Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, as well as elsewhere in the region.
And the popular event, which attracted more than 300 people to the airport last year, also has more in store for the pilots and public than just flying talk.
Classic cars and motorcycles will be there, as well as the local remote control airplane club. And a pilot may be lined up to take people for rides, too, Caldwell noted.
“We had a real good turnout last year and we hope to see that again,” he said.
And what would a barbecue be without food? A pancake breakfast, which likely will run from 8-11 a.m., costs $3 while the barbecue will cost the same.
Visiting pilots will get their meals free.
Caldwell noted the public can expect even more in store for next year’s fly-in barbecue to mark the town’s centennial year.
While nothing’s been confirmed yet, Caldwell is trying to bring in not only the Snowbirds but the OPP’s “Golden Helmets” and the “SkyHawks,” Canada’s premier parachuting team.