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Soaring in this Saturday: Lakes Country Fly-In

Don’t mistake the droning buzz for monster-sized mosquitoes.

 With their engines purring and roaring, on Saturday, Aug. 2, a fleet of planes – and classic cars – will descend on the Perham Municipal Airport for the Lakes Country Fly-In.

 The air show is the first to be held in Perham in a long time, and organizers promise a day full of planes, cars and (more likely than not) trains passing by.

 “People will have a full family venue available to do exploration,” said Rich McCrady, who owns Wings Flight Training and organized the event.

 The free-admission fly-in will start out with a pancake feed at 7:30 a.m., served by the Masons through 11 a.m. They will also serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 More than 200 classic, antique and hot rod cars are expected to participate in the car show, which will begin at 9 a.m.

 Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 people’s choice cars, as well as participants’ choice awards, said McCrady. He added that two other awards will be given: one for the car show participant who travels the farthest, and another for the one who is the most senior.

 Kids will get the opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of Perham with free airplane rides from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. If interested, register for a time slot upon arrival because space is limited.

 The main event, the air show, will begin at noon.

 “The air show is going to be unbelievable,” said Amanda Homelvig, Wing’s marketing director.

 It will include the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron of four planes as well as Larry Schlasinger, who is an aerobatic pilot.

 A commemorative Air Force group will also be on hand from St. Paul, Minn., with four types of airplanes that were used in World War II. For a fee, show attendees will be able to experience a slice of aviation history and take a ride in one of the aircraft.

 All attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for watching the show.

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