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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • 20th Annual Fly-In event to be held Saturday at Chillicothe Airport

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  • The skies the limit this weekend in Chillicothe as the 20th annual Chillicothe Fly-In reaches new heights.
    The local EAA Chapter 944 is hosting the Fly-In/ Drive-In this Saturday, Aug. 18 beginning at 7 a.m. with a pancake and sausage breakfast held in the south hanger at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport.
    The beginning ceremonies will begin at 8:30 and will include Mayor Chuck Haney, Honor Guards, scholarship recipients, pilots and more. Others that are also expected include Congressman Sam Graves, Life Flight Eagle, Missouri Highway Patrol "Convincer," Pilots for Christ, Civil Air Patrol, St. Joseph Barnstormers R.C. Flying Club and Eagles Club, and Green Hills R.C. Group.
    Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, children's games, local car dealerships plus the additions of the Chillicothe Fire Department, the United States Army and National Guard.
    At around 9 a.m., the action really takes off with free Young Eagles rides for kids ages 8 through 17, weather permitting. Parents must sign a release form for the ride. Others may also ride for a donation to Chapter 944.
    Raffle items will be awarded throughout the day, as well as t-shirts and mug stand. Proceeds from the raffle will go directly towards the scholarship fund and the Advanced Air Academy.
    EAA has awarded eight $1,000 scholarships plus were able to send two youth to Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc., in July. Aaron Herring of Trenton was the scholarship recipient, while Micah Blakey of Brookfield, Mo., and Tyler Bryan of Yankton, S.D., the other Academy recipients.
    EAA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, volunteer, educational organization, whose primary goal is to make aviation education/experiences available to youth.
    For more information on this great family outdoor event, contact Cathie and Raymond Hamilton at 660-646-2772 or Jim and Karen Kay Summerville at 660-646-3387.
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