Atlantic Rotary donation adds to Fly Iowa efforts


December 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Rotary Club donated $5,000 Tuesday, to the Atlantic Fly Iowa Committee for their Sept. 15th, 2012 Air Show. Fly Iowa Chairman Garry Pellett said “This event is expected to bring quite a crowd to town. These funds will help us market the event and provide free entertainment to the attendees.”

Atlantic Rotary donates to Fly Iowa

Pellett said the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group invited Atlantic to be the host for Fly Iowa 2012 a few months ago. The event is aimed at promoting aviation and the Atlantic Municipal Airport. According to Pellett, there will be acrobatic pilots, hot air balloons, military aircrafts and activities for children. He says “We hope families can come to the Atlantic Airport and make a day of it.”

Several committee chairs have been appointed, but Pellett said there are still some gaps to be filled. Volunteers interested in helping the planning committee can contact the Atlantic Area Chamber at 712.243.3017 or email Pellett stressed that the event “Is going to take community support and the enthusiasm of some of our local pilots to work.” So far, he says the group thinks things are falling into place, and they “Hope to make it a memorable day for everyone involved.”

In addition to the Rotary funds, the Atlantic Community Promotion Commission granted the Fly Iowa Committee $10,000 for marketing and promotion. The projected attendance at Fly Iowa is between 4,500 to 8,000 people.