49th Fly-In lands in Milaca this weekend

This byplane was a visitor to the 2015 fly-in.

Area residents will be making their way north of the city this weekend to attend events associated with the 49th annual Fly-In/Drive-In at the Milaca Municipal Airport.
Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when the public is invited to the airport to attend a Flag Burning Ceremony that is staged by members of the Milaca Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post 178.
This ceremony will be held near the south taxiway on the grounds of the airport.
You are invited to bring to the event any retired flags that you wish to have a proper disposal.
A scrumptious breakfast is served to get things going early Sunday by members of Post 178, along with help from members of the Auxiliary.
Serving begins at 7 a.m. and continues up until the noon hour.
The breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, fruit and a beverage.
Steve Nelson, who recently took over the reins as Chairman of the Milaca Airport Commission, pointed out that the number of planes for the weekend is dictated by weather.
“Everything is generally related to the weather, but we have had as many as 150 airplanes, while the average is around 120 to 125,” Nelson said.
Planes head to Milaca for this popular event from “all over Minnesota,” along with other parts, including Wisconsin.
While the pilots take a breakfast break, visitors are allowed to view the planes lined up in various locations.
“The Milaca Legion is known for putting on a really good breakfast and this brings in a lot of people from northern Minnesota,” Nelson added.
Nelson pointed out that “once in a while” planes are even flown in from the famed air museum in Anoka County.
Over the years, members of the local Boy Scouts have been called upon to assist with airplane parking duties.
While there is a cost for the breakfast, there is no admission to the grounds or any fee assessed for parking.
Plans also call for providing shuttle service once again from the parking lots to the breakfast area.