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Big planes return to Sandy Kiwanis Fly In Cruise In fundraiser

Event will be held July 24

Aircraft admirers have a reason to rejoice.

Big planes are returning to the Sandy Kiwanis Fly In Cruise In fundraiser. The 59th-annual event will be from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at the McKinnon Airpark. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Sandy Kiwanis Fly In Cruise event will once again welcome big planes.

The big planes flew off from the fundraiser four years ago after the airpark sold and changed ownership, explained Roz Rushing, an event organizer. In place of the private aircraft, aerobatic planes and ultralights that pilots once had flown into the event, a local remote control airplane club stepped up to serve as the fundraiser’s “fly in” component.

“They were helping us out,” Rushing said of the club, the Sky Knights. “It was another opportunity for them to get out and fly.”

But for many attendees, the appeal of the big planes was unforgettable, and Kiwanis organizers were delighted when discussions with the airpark’s current owner led to an agreement to send big planes soaring back into the event.

“Everyone who has found out that there are big planes coming back is like, ‘Oh, awesome,’” Rushing said.

The Fly In Cruise In, the Sandy Kiwanis’ flagship fundraising event, gathers donations to support community projects throughout the Oregon Trail School District, including scholarship money. The Cruise In typically draws some 350 to 500 car enthusiasts, and the Sandy fire and police departments also turn out to give the community a chance to view their vehicles. The expected turnout is thousands of attendees, Rushing said.

“It’s a big community event,” she said.

There is no cost to attend. In addition to the aircraft and autos, the event includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, ham, juice, milk and coffee. The breakfast is $6 in advance or $7 at the door; children 10 and under are $4. Lunch items will be offered, too.

The event is rain-or-shine. Sponsorships are currently available.

For more information, including Cruise In registration, visit sandykiwanis.org/flyIn.html