Looking for something to do in early August? Come out to the airport for the 36th Annual Orcas Fly-In Aug. 2, 3 and 4.
The fly-in is sponsored by the local Experimental Aircraft Assocition chapter, and brings together airplanes and pilots from around the west and Canada. Airplanes begin arriving Friday about noon, and most stay until Sunday morning. If the weather is good, 100 or more airplanes will be parked on the grass field at the airport.
Quite a few pilots and their families will be camped under the wings of their airplanes for the weekend. Pilots are always willing to tell stories about their airplanes and where they have flown.
On Saturday there may be fly-bys by the local Blackjack squadron from Arlington and military aircraft by local pilots. The volunteer firefighters have a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 to 11 a.m. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold during the day on Saturday near the fly-in registration table. Ball caps, T-shirts and sweatshirts will be sold featuring this year’s logo. There is no charge to attend the fly-in.
The Orcas Classic Car Club will also hold their annual classic car show on Saturday during the fly-in at the corner of Mount Baker Road and North Beach Road. No admission charge to see the cars, although they ask for a donation of canned goods for the Orcas Food Bank.