Annual pre-Father’s Day event set to take stage
No longer is it just vintage cars, motorcycles and airplanes.
This year there will be an outdoor movie, Father's Day speeches and a 1950s costume contest.
The fourth-annual Planes, Trains and Automobiles event will be offering plenty to do this weekend in Baldwin City.
"The event is on its way and it will be over before I know it," Stan Vickers, event chairman said. "It's in full motion and there will be lots of excitement."
The annual Father's Day weekend festival will begin at 9 p.m. Friday with a free outdoor movie. "American Graffiti" will be shown on a screen in the green area between the post office and the Lumberyard Arts Center Project.
"Bring your lawn chairs, popcorn and friends," Vickers said. "Even bring friends of friends. We are shutting down the street for the movie, so come on out."
The rest of the event will take place Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m. are the airplane rides at the Vinland Airport, airplane display downtown, car show and motorcycle display downtown.
The car show will include antiques, hot rods, Corvettes and many others. Jim Mitchell, coordinator of the car show, said the car show always provides a mix of quality entries. The car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
The pre-1970s vintage motorcycle show will be held at the corner of Sixth and High streets. Vickers said he is still hopeful the weather cooperates, so more bikes and cars will be on display.
"I really can't give any exact numbers, but I'm anticipating more motorcycles than last year, but that also depends on the weather," Vickers said. "It looks like we are going to have nice weather to bring in lots of motorcycles. We're still anticipating more cars than last year and we welcome people to come on over and participate in the shows."
McFarlane Aviation will be offering free airplane rides for children ages 8 to 17. The rides will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vinland Airport, located four miles north of Baldwin on Douglas County Road 1055.
It is once again part of the Young Eagles program. To guarantee a ride, parents are encouraged to sign up their children prior to Saturday. Contact Star Novak at Vinland Airport at (785) 594-2485 for more details.
"Last year's event was one of the largest Young Eagles events in the area," said Tandy Allen, regional spokesperson for the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles.
At 10 a.m., the children will take center stage as they read their Father's Day speeches on the main stage. There will be prizes for the different age groups.
The main stage will also be busy at 11 a.m. The Baldwin City Community Theater will perform a "teaser" of its upcoming production "Grease."
The first of two train rides also departs at 11 a.m. The second one leaves the Midland Depot at 2 p.m. Train rides will be free to fathers who are accompanied by one paying adult or two paying children.
The bands begin playing at noon on the main stage. There will be three bands performing this year.
"It's great to see the event grow each year," Vickers said. "There are a lot of people putting in a lot of energy to make this happen and help the revenue in Baldwin."
The 1950s costume contest will begin at 4 p.m. on the main stage. The contest is open to everyone. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes. The judges will roam the event and select the winners for an on-stage presentation.
The final event of the night will be the headline band, Old School Knights, and they will begin performing at 4:15 p.m. The event will end Saturday evening.
There will also be free miniature golf at The Lodge all day for fathers. For more information on the event, contact the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce at (785) 594-3200.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," Vickers said. "Hopefully, there will be a lot of new faces discovering Baldwin for a day or a lifetime."