Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Seaplane festival set to take off Friday

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A 1964 Grumman Widgeon flown at last year's event and owned by Todd Dickey of Arizona. Photo by Harold LaBonte.


THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A TIME CORRECTION FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT AND CORRECTED LOCATION AND SPONSORS OF THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST.


LAKEPORT – Colorful seaplanes will be gracing Lake County's skies this weekend as the 29th annual Clear Lake Splash-In opens on Friday.


The event – the largest gathering of seaplanes west of the Mississippi – will be held in Lakeport beginning Friday, with an all-day festival on Saturday.


The public can get a close-up look at float planes, talk with pilots, and witness a spectacle of aerial events including water-bombing contests, a parade of seaplanes, fly-bys and more.


Seaplanes will be parked on the grounds of Natural High on Main Street for up-close viewing, stunning views of Clear Lake and Lake County from aboard a seaplane, aerial acrobatics during the spot landing and water bombing contests.


A welcome concert will take place Friday at 6 p.m. in Library Park.


On Saturday, the Kiwanis will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lakeport Yacht Club on the waterfront. The breakfast is open to the public.


The festival grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, kicking off a day of seaplane rides, model aircraft flying, seaplane flying exhibitions on the lake in front of Library Park, vendors, food booths and great fun for the whole family.


The event ends Saturday at 4 p.m. Seaplanes will depart from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.


Festival sponsors include SeaPlane Operations LLC and the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as other local organizations.


For information call 775-781-1434, www.clearlakesplashin.com.

 

 

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A fully restored 1959 Piper Apache with its original paint scheme and colors at last year's festival. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 


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