Randolph County Airport welcomed flyers and guests from across the country on Saturday June 8, 2019 at their Annual Fly-In Breakfast. This year’s breakfast marks the sixty-ninth year the fly-in has been held here in Randolph County and is one of the oldest and longest running in Indiana.
This year’s fly-in breakfast also especially significant with the dedication of the new hangar at the airport. Dale Moore, Randolph County Airport Board president, and Jason Clearwaters from Butler, Fairman & Seufert, spoke at the dedication ceremony. The new hangar will allow Randolph County Airport to rent space to an additional three planes or small jets.
The Union City Lion’s Club, who prepared and served the breakfast last year, returned with some extra helping hands from members of the Union City Preservation Society. The Lions Club is a philanthropic organization that donates time and money to many local groups and the Union City Preservation Society decided to help the Lion’s Club in return at the Fly-In this year.
Said Joe Wyant, Lion’s Club member, as he manned the grill cooking sausage pattties, “Last year was a great time. So much fun.”
In total, the Lion’s Club served up 350 breakfasts with sausage, eggs, toast, and drinks to the community and visitors. The Lion’s Club also worked to collect donated door prizes from local businesses with Mick Carpenter and Dennis Pratt acting as MCs for the morning and the giveaways.
Butler, Fairman & Seufert engineering firm bought breakfast for the first 100 people to arrive at the breakfast by plane. Additionally, pilots were able to purchase fuel from the airport at cost during the breakfast—always a big draw for out-of-towners.
Airport manager Eric Livingston, along with pilots Mitchell Snyder and Sebastian Strizu, spent the morning in the air, carrying passengers on a tour of Randolph County in the skies. The three pilots conducted more than sixty flights that morning, carrying passengers young and old to the delight of all. Butler, Fairman & Seufert civil engineering firm provided ground crews to direct incoming air traffic and to manage the visitors going on flights.
Moneys raised by the fly-in breakfast go into a fund to finance next year’s fly-in. Livingston would like to make next year’s seventieth fly-in an especially big event, hoping to have a band and other features for families to enjoy. This year’s fly-in contributed $500 to the Union City Lion’s Club to thank them all their work in preparing and serving the breakfast and to allow them to continue their philanthropic work.
The Randolph County Airport, the Randolph County Airport Board and the Union City Lion’s Club would like to thank the following businesses for contributing door prizes at this year’s Fly-in Breakfast:
Aaro’s Flowers, Candy and Stuff, Farmland Auto Parts, Farmland Locker, Frankie’s Studio of Hair, First Financial Bank, Polley Farm Service, Ren-Del Agricultural Services, Shirley Small Avon, Bartonia Restaurant, Bouser’s Barn, Bretz Repair, Carts and Parts, Christian Book Store, Corner Cupboard, Q’s Restaurant, Didier’s Hardware, Frank Miller Lumber, His World of Hair, Hub City Propane, Jo’s Corner Florist, Kaup’s Pharmacy, Luz Tacos, Mote Farm Service, My Favorite Flowers, Union City Pizza Hut, Union City Pizza King, Reit Price, State Farm, Union City NAPA, Wassom Nursery, Montano Lumber, First Merchants Bank, AutoZone, Country Gentlemen, Everett’s Place, Gillman’s Lumber, Haines Hallmark, Hair Crafters, Harvest Land, Hughes Pic-a-Pac, Jason’s Meats, Martin’s Lawnmowers, McHollands Services, Winchester NAPA, Ohio Valley Gas, Old National Bank, Orscheln Farm and Home, Our Pizza House, Pac-A Sac, Winchester Pizza Hut, Winchester Pizza King, Package Store No. 1 Rickert Title, St Vincent Gift Store, Towne Square Cinema, Webb Jewelers, Wick’s Pies, Winchester Auto and Truck, Winchester Golf Club, Coe’s Noodles, Walmart, and Randolph County Tourism.