Pancakes, cars and planes, oh my!
Sandy Kiwanis reaches its 55th annual Fly-in, Cruise-in event Sunday
The grills start sizzling at 5:30 a.m., and the event dates back to 1957.
On Sept. 11, 1947, the Sandy Kiwanis Club was founded, bringing in 37 charter members in a community of 900 people.
Since it began, Sandy Kiwanis has been a role model of community service, conducting many projects and fundraisers, some of which have continued more than 50 years, such as the Christmas Basket Program and Community Easter Egg Hunt.
Sunday marks the 55th annual Kiwanis Club Fly-in, Cruise-in at McKinnons Airpark, north on Ten Eyck Road from Highway 26. The fundraiser fuels community-focused events throughout the year.
In 1957, the first Fly-in Breakfast was held at Richs Airport, then owned by Rich and Maybelle Wesselink. The breakfast cost $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.
During the early events, Sandy area pilots offered short $1 plane rides. Its needless to say the fly-in became wildly popular with children.
And adults. The event attracted private pilots from all over the Northwest.
In later years, Kiwanians added the antique cars and hot rods, thus dubbing the event Fly-in, Cruise-in. The event also moved to McKinnon Air Park to handle the increased attendance.
Today Kiwanians feed their staff and volunteers before welcoming thousands of guests for the pancake breakfast a meal that produces some 400 pounds of pancakes each year.
The event is dubbed as a reunion Kiwanis biggest fundraiser of the year and one of Sandys biggest events second in attendance only to the Sandy Mountain Festival.
Most of the funds raised benefit the Kiwanis Clubs Christmas basket program, which donates 400 baskets to families in need each year. An Easter egg hunt in Meinig Park that draws approximately 400 children is the next largest program to receive funding.
The rest of the funds are distributed between various programs the Kiwanis Club supports.
For your fix of pancakes, cars and planes, look no farther than McKinnon Air Park this Sunday.
For more information about the 55th annual Fly-in, Cruise-in, visit sandykiwanis.org or call Lloyd Haneberg at 503-887-5269 or Norm Hinote at 503-637-3303.
For weather conditions at the hangar, call 503-668-5674.