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Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In: 800-1,000 visitors, thousands of dollars generated locally

Between 800 and 1,000 people attended the Friday Harbor Airport Fly-in and Open House, July 24. The event was part of the Friday Harbor Port District
Between 800 and 1,000 people attended the Friday Harbor Airport Fly-in and Open House, July 24. The event was part of the Friday Harbor Port District's 60th anniversary celebration. Top photo: Tom Doenges & Co. rock the Island Air hangar. Second photo: Visitors enjoy a first look at the Colton Harris-Moore Museum at Island Air. The museum is open to the public and features items allegedly stolen from the airport by the Barefoot Bandit. Third photo: Lainie Volk tells visitors about the air ambulance. Bottom photo: A Cessna Caravan wowed visitors with its luxurious appointments.
— image credit: Richard Walker

The Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In and Open House attracted between 800 and 1,000 visitors, July 24.

Some 50 volunteers and staff members worked hundreds of hours to promote Friday Harbor Airport with the event, which was held as part of the Friday Harbor Port District's 60th anniversary.

"This event generated thousands of dollars to the local community and had attendees from all over the Northwest," Airport Manager David M. Ryan said.

Attendees enjoyed a pancake breakfast, and fish tacos and bratwurst for lunch. There were airplane tours, Blackjacks Squadron fly-by, hands-on activities, an in-hangar film, pilot seminars, and a search-and-rescue demonstration.

The port district's 60th anniversary began April 27-28 with Spring Splash at Spring Street Landing, which featured visits by the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Next up: A community salmon barbecue at Jackson's Beach Aug. 28.

Also, on Sept. 18, Jensen Shipyard celebrates its 100th anniversary with a public event. Jensen Shipyard's long-time president, the late Nourdine Jensen, was a member of the first Friday Harbor Port Commission.

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