Visitors discover Sawyer during Fun Day

K.I. SAWYER – Like New Yorkers and the Statue of Liberty, not all local residents have been to attractions practically in their own backyards. However, they had a chance Saturday to visit one of the area’s notable spots: Sawyer International Airport.

The first-ever Discover Sawyer Family Fun Day took place to attract local residents – and even out-of-town folks – to the airport.

Static aircraft/airport equipment displays, a classic car show, giant inflatables for the kids, vendors and a Rotary pancake breakfast were just some of the activities available to visitors.

Wes Jourden of K.I. Sawyer and his family were among those visitors, checking out the large pieces of airport equipment on display, including an ARFF -an airport rescue and firefighting vehicle.

“It’s glad to have the community come and see your airport,” Jourden said. “You never really know the scope of equipment that airports have.”

Bob Lambert of Marquette, a member of the Sands Model Aviation Club, talked with the public about his hobby – flying small remote-controlled planes – which he’s practiced for 15 years.

However, he acknowledged it can be difficult sometimes to set up planes.

“I love flying,” Lambert said. “The guys are great. We help each other a lot.”

A variety of remote-control planes, made from materials such as foam, balsa wood and plywood, were shown during Family Fun Day.

“They’re toys,” Lambert said. “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.”

Kids also had the chance to try out flight simulators on laptop computers. The classic car show provided a chance for young and old alike to view vehicles such as a 1972 AMX and a 1957 Chieftain.

Also, Donald Poe of Gladstone, a volunteer with the K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, talked about the museum, which is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday year-round and is dedicated to promote and preserve the heritage and history of K.I. Sawyer.

Poe said he was glad Family Fun Day took place.

“We like to use that to promote our museum,” he said.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is