The 10th annual Melvin Current Wings and Wheels Strother Field Fly-In and Classic Car Show is just around the corner. On June 17, individuals of all ages are welcomed to attend for free from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Strother Field, with breakfast and opportunities to go on a blue-line tour of General Electric. These tours and other activities centered around GE also are free to the public.
“(The) General Electric Engine Services facility will join in the celebration this year by conducting a blue-line tour through their plant and providing games for the family,” said event organizer Charles Tweedy III.
This is the first year that GE has opened its doors during the event.
The tours will end at 3:30 p.m. — the same time as the Wings and Wheels show.
From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., planes landing at the airport will participate in a precision landing contest.
The landings will be visible from the airport terminal.
The classic car and bike show will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m.
There will be opportunities through the day for participants to sign up for drawings. They must be present to win.
On top of the airplanes, several helicopters are due to attend the event.
Among them will be the Coast Guard units assigned to monitor area lakes.
“GE has also scheduled an appearance of Blackhawk and Apache (helicopters), and a Coast Guard helicopter will be on display, along with EagleMed and Life Watch medical transport helicoptors,” Tweedy said.
Attendees will have a plethora of choices for not only entertainment, but food.
Some of the food vendors signed up to attend are:
- Noble House Hawaiian
- Billy Sims BBQ
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Charlie’s PizzaTaco
- Monica’s Homemade Mexican Big Chill
- B.S. Sandwich Press Lions Club
- Big-N-Smalls BBQ
- Heavenly Sweet
Other vendors set to appear include organizations such as local first responders, the Kansas Cosmosphere and the Sedgwick County Zoo.
There will be parking available in designated areas only, with shuttle buses provided between the parking areas and the GE plant.