MERIDEN — An array of aircraft and emergency vehicles were showcased at the city’s fourth annual Fly-In Festival Saturday at Meriden-Markham Airport.
The event also featured vendors, entertainment and public safety seminars. Aircraft were presented for judging in categories such as Grand Champion, Best Homebuilt, Best Special Interest and Best Vintage.
Police, fire, and emergency medical vehicles were on display alongside magic shows, karate demonstrations and a “kid tent” with art activities.
“We start working on this...right after the new year,” said Dona Shey, volunteer organizer.
Fellow volunteer organizer Therese Valenti, said around 50 volunteers helped with the event.
Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 27, were signing up participants for a Nov. 17 rally from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“Kids that come out can have a free flight as long as their parents are here,” said Brian Rechtine, coordinator of the event.
Fran Uliano, former coordinator, said the fly-in festival is a great opportunity to promote the chapter. He said the program offers free airplane rides for children from 8 to 17 years old.
“We give free airplane rides all year long,” Uliano said. “Last week we had a rally here and flew 34 kids out here.”
Seire Cardona, a city resident, said it was the first year she attended. Her children wanted to see the planes and she was interested in a helicopter ride.
“The kids had a good time with seeing in the aircrafts,” Cardona. “We’re going to try the vendors with food too.”