American Spirit Aviation Festival a big success

Photo by Larry Simon – The Elk Flyer’s 1978 Piper PA-28-181 four-seater brings some customers in for a landing with the car show’s 168 cars in the background.
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Larry Simon
Special to The Ridgway Record

The annual American Spirit Aviation Festival was held Saturday at the St. Marys Municipal Airport with a large crowd on hand throughout the day.
Al McPherson, airport manager, said he did a lot of research on just planning the date for the show.
“Statistically, this is the best weather day of the year,” he said.
McPherson is also a crew chief for the Elk Flyers who provided one of the three aircraft flying customers for the show.
A group displaying other aerial skills were several hang gliders run by Eric Kriner, whose dad ran their custom-built winch to get the gliders off the ground.
An all-day affair was the Elk County Cruiser’s eighth annual car show which expected to have 165 show cars come in but managed just three more at 168.

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