HOT SPRINGS-Hot Springs Airport's second annual Fly In Family Fun Day was held on Saturday June 1. The event showcased aviation of many kinds, drew a sizable number of people and was a true community function.
Airport manager Ed Jensen said, "This is a fun event for kids, we want to get them interested in aviation."
Part of the event's success was due to Saturday's excellent weather conditions.
16-18 pilots from out of town flew in to Hot Springs to participate in the fun, in addition to local pilots.
The Bethesda Lutheran Church provided breakfast in the morning while the Lions Club provided lunch in the afternoon.
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Early in the morning free tethered hot air balloon rides were given courtesy of Western Horizons Hot Air Balloons with participants having the option to give an at-will donation to the Hot Springs PTA.
Mid-morning, skydiving was available for purchase.
Late morning featured the flour bombing. Children participated in a flour bombing competition. Each participants were given a sack of flour, then flown in a plane over a target on the ground, attempting to hit the target by dropping the sack out of the plane's window.
In all,four volunteer pilots helped with the flour bombing.
The Civil Air Patrol was also in attendance along with the South Dakota National Guard, who brought a Blackhawk helicopter and Air Methods of Rapid City who brought a fixed wing aircraft.