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Fly-in, air show may land in Perham

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s... a whole lot of planes!

It sounds like Perham will be getting a fly-in and air show this summer, something that hasn’t happened here it years.

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The event is still in a very early stage of development, but could include various aircraft from around the region, complementary flights for youth, remote controlled aircraft displays, a pancake feed, car show and informational booths about aviation.

There could even be a show by a synchronized parachuting team, and an aerobatic show featuring one or two performers.

That’s according to a letter submitted to the Perham City Council by Richard D. McCrady, Sr., seeking approval to organize, publicize and stage the event. McCrady is the founder and director of operations for WINGS Flight Training in Perham.

“Last year, Wadena had approximately 400-plus plates of pancakes fed and around 700-800 who came and watched the event,” McCrady wrote in his letter. “The year before, Detroit Lakes had over 800-plus plates of pancakes fed and over 1,000 who enjoyed the events of the day.”

He expects similar success in Perham, with anywhere from 40 to 80 aircraft arriving on the day of the fly-in, subject to good flying weather.

The event has been tentatively scheduled for either July 26 or August 2. It would be held at the Perham Municipal Airport.

City councilors gave their approval for the event, following a recommendation by the Perham Airport Commission. The approval is contingent on McCrady providing the proper insurance policies, with a review by City Manager Kelcey Klemm.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
(218) 346-5900 x228
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