Fly­ing, food and fun on Father’s Day


SUMMERSTOWN, On­tario - For Dad’s big day on Sun­day, June 17, Corn­wall Avi­a­tion and Corn­wall Fly­ing Club hosted the 42nd an­nual Father’s Day Fly-in Break­fast from 8 a.m. to noon.

This year, the Cana­dian Coast Guard made an ap­pear­ance, and pi­lot Gary Er­tel in­vited every­one to take photos with the air craft. Event tickets were $8 for adults and $5 for chil­dren. Fergie Legge, the event or­ga­nizer with the Corn­wall Fly­ing Club, said that last year vol­un­teers served over 750 meals. This year, they’re ex­pect­ing a higher num­ber.

“It’s a huge ef­fort, ob­vi­ously, we do it with our own club mem­bers — 25 came out to­day to par­tic­i­pate,” said Legge. “But more im­por­tantly the Lan­caster Air Cadets, Corn­wall Air Cadets and Alexan­dria Air Cadets all lend a hand to get this event off the ground. At the end of the day, a lot of the money that we raise goes back to Corn­wall Avi­a­tion, and it goes into a spe­cial ac­count that al­lows the Air Cadets to go fly­ing.”

Corn­wall Avi­a­tion was of­fer­ing plane rides for $20. There was also live karaoke and a DJ, as well as face paint­ing.

“Ev­ery year we try to up the game a lit­tle bit. Last year we started face paint­ing and it was re­ally well re­ceived, so we have it again this year,” said Legge.

Legge hopes that this year’s event in­formed com­mu­nity mem­bers about the lo­cal air­port and sparked an in­ter­est in avi­a­tion amongst chil­dren.

From left-to-right: Alisha, Gray­don and Shane Ar­buth­not en­joy­ing Father’s Day at the Corn­wall Re­gional Air­port Fly-in Break­fast. (Shawna O’neill, TC Me­dia).

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