NWAAC gets ready for annual antique aircraft and custom car show at Scappoose airport

(Image is Clickable Link) Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 1944 Howard DGA-15P, owned by Tim Weston from Yelm, Washington, was the Grand Champion from last year's fly-in. The fly-in and Highway 30 Cruisers Cruise-In take place Friday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 16 at Scappoose airport, and are open to the public.Scappoose Industrial Airpark is again playing host to the Northwest Antique Airplane Club’s Annual Fly-In and, courtesy of the Highway 30 Cruisers, accompanying Cruise-In, making for an event that promises the arrival of sleek antique aircraft and custom cars and trucks Friday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 16.

It’s a departure from the past two years in which the event spanned three days. Also, as occurred with NWAAC’s first fly-in at the Scappoose airport, this year’s event will not coincide with the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wings and Wheels festival, which is taking place the following Saturday, Aug. 23.

The fly-in will occur over a roughly 24-hour period, with “early-bird” planes expected to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, and the annual NWAAC banquet occurring Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

An addition to this year’s fly-in is a car and truck show presented by the Highway 30 Cruisers, which share billing with NWAAC.

“It’s just going to be a one-day thing, because the three-day event wasn’t doing too much for us,” said Ken Corliss, NWAAC board secretary.

There is a lot of activity packed into the one-day event, however.

In addition to the Friday night spaghetti feed, Saturday kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast that is open to the public at a cost of $6. Live music is scheduled to start Saturday at 1 p.m., and food offerings and vendors will be on hand throughout most of the day. Corliss also said pilot Capt. Mac will be on site to offer airplane rides, as had occurred in prior years, and a trophy for the winning antique airplane will be presented Saturday at 4 p.m.

Corliss said he’s hoping for pleasant weather, noting a long day of high temperatures, as has been the case lately, could be a deterrent to potential attendees.

“Naturally, we’re all hoping for good weather,” he said. “We’ve all got our fingers crossed.”

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