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Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Scheduled For September 10 & 11

The Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days (PCAAD) Group has announced that this year’s event will be much larger than those in past years and will encompass many activities other than those related to aviation. The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.

This year’s activities will begin on Saturday morning,

September 10, with registration for People Pathways’ Backroad Bike Tour. Registration will be from 7:00-9:00 a.m. The bike tour will begin at 9:00 a.m., and will consist of three different routes beginning and terminating at the Dixie Chopper Business Center. The three routes will consist of a 12-mile, 36- mile, and 63-mile course. For further information call 765-630-8448.

A buffet style breakfast and lunch will be avail- able for purchase from the Final Approach Restaurant on both Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast will run from 7:00-10:00 a.m. on both days, and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Final Approach Restaurant will be closed for dinner on Saturday night, due to the 2nd Annual Dixie Chopper 20th Century Radio Show.

Activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10th ending at 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, September 11th activities will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The below listed activities will take place on both Saturday and Sunday weather permitting.

The Big Bounce Fun House Rentals will have three entertainment venues; the double-bungee trampoline, an inflatable bounce house, and the minimega obstacle course. Also on hand will be their air brushed, temporary tattoo booth. There will be Cotton Candy, Ice Cones, and Popcorn for sale, plus soda and water will be sold throughout the event grounds by both the Greencastle Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Group.

A Child Identification & DNA Kit will be distributed jointly by the Greencastle Police Department and the Putnam County Sherriff’s Office; besides handing out these safety kits that parents will be able to take home, they will also discuss other safety measures you can use to protect your children. Car seat safety will be discussed; however, car seat inspections will not be done at the event.

The Greencastle chapter of Rotary International is sponsoring a car cruisein Saturday afternoon and a motorcycle cruise-in on Sunday afternoon. These will be non-judged events; however, all participants will receive a dash plaque commemorating the event.

The Cloverdale and Greencastle band programs will be monitoring the parking lots and collecting donations for their programs.

On Saturday the Greencastle Fire Department will have their smokehouse out at the airport, and during the weekend the Greencastle Kiwanis Club will watch over the GFD’s antique fire truck which will available for viewing.

The Putnam County United Way will have 12-15 of their agencies on hand distributing information, and the Greencastle Sustainability Commission will also be on hand. Additional entertainment will include paid pony rides provided by Hope’s Way, paid airplane and helicopter rides; and there will also be a face painting booth. A chain saw artist provided by Humphrey’s Outdoor Power. The sculpture carved that day will be auctioned off Saturday evening through a silent auction prior to the Radio Show.

The Indiana Army National Guard will be on hand with their rock climbing wall, their Spider House inflatable information tent, and a 155mm towed howitzer. A Black Hawk Helicopter is currently scheduled to be on hand. The Indiana Conservation Department will also be present with an air boat and an all wheel terrain vehicle.

This year 80-100 Boy Scouts will be in residence from Putnam, Hendricks, and Marion Counties during the weekend. While the BSA is in attendance they will be working on parts of four merit badges; Aviation, Bicycling, Fishing and Animal Husbandry. For the first time the Civil Air Patrol will have some of their Air Cadets on hand helping to patrol the grounds where planes will be parked.

Dixie Chopper Mower Sales and York Auto Sales Group will have vehicles on display, and there will be an obstacle course set up to demonstrate the capabilities of Dixie Chopper Mowers.

This year EAA Chapter 1374 will again be providing Young Eagle Flights. The Young Eagle program is open to all youth, ages 8-17, with parental consent. The idea behind the program is to get young people thinking about some aspect of aviation as a career. The plane ride will be a predetermined route consisting of a 15-20 minute flight. Flights will begin Saturday, September 10th at 9am and Sunday, September 11th at 11am, and they will conclude both days at 5pm.

The 2nd Annual Dixie Chopper 20th Century Radio Show will take place on Saturday evening, the 10th of September. The performance features loads of local talent donating their time and energies, and is a throw back to old time radio programming. The social hour starts at 5:30pm, dinner follows at 6:15, and the show will begin at approximately 7pm.

First responders expected to be on hand include: Air Evac Lifeteam, Greencastle Fire Department, Greencastle Police Department, PHI/Stat Flight, Putnam County Operation Life, and the Putnam County Sherriff’s Office.

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