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Cross City Fly In & Expo

One would expect a rural Florida county bounded on three sides by the historic Suwanee River, the Gulf of Mexico and the picture-perfect Steinhatchee River to showcase its fishing, boating, paddling and diving opportunities.  And they do!  Tucked away along U.S. 19 is the Cross City Airport which is increasingly becoming yet another attraction of Dixie County.  So was the case on April 15, 2017 when Cross City hosted its third annual Cross City Fly-In and Business Expo and saw over 2,000 people in attendance to witness and participate in the joy of flight.  MaxFlight helicopter rides, Young Eagles Squadron plane rides, courtesy of the Live Oak EAA Chapter 797 and a 1940 Waco Biplane from Florida Air Tours took people up for their first flying experience throughout the day. Morning calm allowed a demonstration flight of AirSign’s 150 foot advertising blimp while Don Bo’s hot air balloon lifted visitors on a tethered flight for a rare view of the airport and vicinity.  The launch of the airshow featured Skydive Palatka’s Art Shaffer a 20-year veteran parachutist skydiving in while displaying the American Colors.  Emcee for the event and former Lake City Gateway Airport Manager Nick Harwell directed the crowd’s attention toward the sky as the National Anthem sang in the background.  Down on the ground, live music by Martingale Bluegrass, 75 fabulous area show cars and other unique vehicles, 74 local food and craft vendors, business exhibits and community information and services groups provided wonderful diversions between aerial acts.  Since the event was held on Easter weekend event planners organized a candy drop from a MaxFlight helicopter for the toddlers to hunt for candy on the Eve of Easter.  Young Eagles, a program offered by local EEA Chapter 797, flew 47 children between the ages 8-17 their first flight.  Spirits soared throughout the day and with the sound being provided by 1st Street Music and Sound as the crowd heard safety announcements and promotions to include aerobatic moves being performed by two of the industries most sought out perfomers, Paul Schulten (Eagle Air Shows) and Clemens Kuhilg (Chefpitts Airshows).



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