MALONE — Chamber of Commerce of Malone’s Fly-In Saturday was packed with local vendors, music, entertainment, and a wide selection of aircraft for attendees to view the Malone-Dufort Airport.
According to the Airport Manager, Bruce Burditt, this is the first Fly-In festival held since 1994. Letters of invitations were sent to airports in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York welcoming a variety of aircraft to be presented at the festival.
“We are happy with the turnout of people visiting the vendor stands. It’s good to see the community come together like this.” Bruce said.
Along with on-site entertainment and attractions for families, Citizen Advocates also provided transport to Wilder Homestead for tours of the site. While the festival admission was free for everyone, reservations must have been made for the Wilder Homestead tour.
Sponsors of the Fly-In Festival are NBC5, Ellis Automotive, Citizen Advocates, Free Trader, Asept Pak, 102.7 WICY, Sid G. Spear insurance services, St. Joseph’s, Community Health Center of the North Country, and Adirondack Frontier. The festival was funded in part with funds from the Destination Cooperative Marketing Program.
“We hope to make this an annual tradition,” said Gary Brown, a member the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “It’s fantastic to see how supportive our community is.”
“This is not only just for sharing crafts, this is a great opportunity for local businesses to come and build a further outreach with their community and beyond,” President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mary Scharf, said. “Festivals such as this can help in advertising Malone and the general North Country to more people outside of our community.”
Although the festivals planning and production was a team effort, Scharf wished to give special recognition to Kelly Lamay, executive secretary of the Malone Chamber of Commerce for her help.
Larry Kelly, a local business owner and retired teacher from Franklin Academy, utilized his aircraft to provide rides around the local airspace for attendees who wished to fly for 20 minutes for a modest fee of $25. Some riders who had the privilege of riding in Kelly’s aircraft claimed it to be “Awesome and the highlight of the festival.”