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The crowd of an estimated 1,000 to 1,100 people watch as the Vanguard Squadron aerobatic airplanes perform a synchronized routine in the sky.

Lakes Country Fly-In and Auto Show, Perham’s first such event in years, was a great success

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There was a lot of excitement in the air at the Perham Municipal Airport on Saturday, as four aerobatic planes soared overhead in perfect formation while WWII aircraft powered up their loud engines on the runway below. A crowd of more than 1,000 people “oohed” and “aahed” as the aerobatic planes made loops in the sky, free fell straight toward the ground and then arched back up again, leaving trails of smoke behind them. Shortly after, they all waved as the Commemorative Air Force planes flew by, tipping their wings to say ‘hello.’ The performances were a part of Lakes Country Fly-In and Auto Show, which also offered free airplane rides for kids, face painting, food vendors, and a car show that drew 118 entries. Afterward, leading organizer Rich McCrady, of Wings Flight Training in Perham, said “I think everybody was pleasantly surprised and elated,” with how well things went. “I think most people had a good time.” Plans are already in the works for a second such event next summer.

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.
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