‘Fly-in’ BBQ scheduled for Saturday

Although he admits its popularity will depend on the weather, Bruce Caldwell is hoping the sixth-annual “Fly-in Drive-in BBQ” slated for this Saturday (Sept. 10) at the Fort Frances Airport will be as successful as ever.
As in past years, the event is scheduled to feature pilots from this area as well as ones from Thunder Bay, Steinbach, and Winnipeg flying in here for the day, as well as antique cars, motorcycles, and radio-controlled planes for people to see.
“A lot of private pilots are always looking to fly somewhere and stop and have a coffee,” Caldwell said earlier this week. “But it all depends on the weather.
“If we get a nice day, we should have lots of cars and, hopefully, airplanes,” he added, noting poor weather in both Winnipeg and Thunder Bay prevented many pilots from flying here last year.
Caldwell said everyone is welcome to bring their cars, motorcycles, and radio-controlled airplanes to the fly-in barbecue (for those who need encouragement to show off their models, a People’s Choice plaque will be awarded for one entry in each of those categories).
The event also will feature a pancake breakfast, which will run from 9-11 a.m., followed by a barbecue rom 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
“This year, we’ve got the local squadron of air cadets involved. With the help of their parents, they’re going to be preparing the food,” said Caldwell.
“They’re going to be doing a lot of work out there,” he added, noting proceeds from the event will be going to the air cadets.
There will be a small fee for the food, said Caldwell, noting the cost last year was around $3 for each meal. Visiting pilots will get their meals free.
Caldwell stressed the event, which he’s enjoyed organizing since its inception, is designed to showcase the local airport by having private pilots fly in here for the day.
“It’s all about promoting the airport,” he remarked, adding some of the pilots stay here for the weekend—spending money at local restaurants, stores, and motels.
The rain date for the “Fly-in Drive-in BBQ” is Sunday (Sept. 11).
For more info, call Caldwell at 274-3070.

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