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Wings & Wheels set to soar on Saturday

Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

Want to fly in a private plane? Want to see cars that were made when your grandparents weren’t even old enough to drive? Stop by the Wings & Wheels Air Affaire at the Page Municipal Airport Oct. 13. There’s all that and more. All for free.

Here’s your chance to get out, get to know the airport, and have fun. This year marks the third annual open house and fly-in, featuring things to see and do on the ground and in the air.

There will be free flights with local pilots.

Watch CJ-6A military trainers perform fly-bys, demonstrating formations.

Check out the classic cars on display, along with modern, vintage and model airplanes.

Vote for your favorites in The People’s Choice Awards.

Enter the raffle to win some great prizes, including private flight tours and roundtrip tickets on Great Lakes Airlines.

Take photos during the event and enter your best to win in the photo contest sponsored by the Lake Powell Chronicle. You could win a personal scenic flight. Entry forms are available at the door.

A free, non-competitive walk/run around the airport kicks it all off at 8 a.m. from Golliard Park. In honor of Halloween, costumes are welcome.

Gates are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Local pilots Mike Makowski and Leroy Wicklund offer free rides in their private planes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you want to take a flight, sign up right away. Space is limited.

It all started four years ago when Makowski thought, “We have a good airport here. Let’s put on the show!” The Wings & Wheels Air Affaire was born.

The first year, in 2010, drew 800 people. “When you think about it,” Makowski says, “that’s 10 percent of the population of Page!”

The next year drew nearly double that.

Classic cars have played a part from the start.

“We were a brand new club when the event started,” says Warren Whisler, president of the Lake Powell Cruisers, Page’s classic car club. “This year we’re expecting about 30 classic cars on display. We’ve grown every year.”

If you’ve got a classic car, you’re welcome to show it off during the event. The show is free. If you’d like your car to compete in the People’s Choice Awards, the fee is $10. Sign up at 8 a.m.

The Lake Powell Cruisers are doing something new this year. They’ll be cooking up eggs, sausage and pancakes for breakfast for the event volunteers. For lunch they’ll be grilling hot dogs and bratwursts for the crowd. Donations will be accepted.

Follow Wings & Wheels Air Affaire on Facebook for updates and more information.

Makowski, Whisler and event organizer Julie Morales will be talking about the event on KPGE’s mid-day show on Friday.

“The Wings & Wheels Air Affaire is an important and interesting event for the community,” says Makowski.

Come out on Saturday. We know you’ll agree.

Geri Kilariff is a member of the Page Airport advisory board and an occasional contributing writer to the Lake Powell Chronicle.

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