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story.lead_photo.caption Kingdom Pilots Association Treasurer Dave Hollabaugh stands with his 1965 Cessna 172. To see more planes like his, stop by the Kingdom Pilots Association's 30th Annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sept.18 at the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport, 4420 Country Road 304. Photo by Paula Tredway / Fulton Sun.

The 30th annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast is on the runway and ready for takeoff on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The fundraising event, which is sponsored by the Kingdom Pilots Association, will be held from 7-11 a.m. at the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport, 4420 Country Road 304, Fulton.

Due to the pandemic, the breakfast was cancelled last year. This year, organizers pushed the date to September to ensure their guests' safety.

"We normally do it in May," said Dave Hollabaugh, treasurer of Kingdom Pilots Association. "But we didn't do it in May in 2020 or even in May 2021 because we decided it was still to close to COVID. So we pushed it to September."

A full breakfast including eggs, sausage and pancakes will be served, as well as coffee and orange juice. The association used to charge a fee, but didn't want to exclude anyone from the fun. They are now asking for free-will donations with the proceeds going to area youths as a $1,500 scholarship toward flight training.

"In the past," said Hollabaugh, "we have raised between $1,600-$1,800. It varies from year to year."

They will be hosting their second flour drop competition where pilots will drop bags of flour out of their plane toward a target. The closest to the target wins. There will be a pilot briefing that will begin at 9 a.m.; attendance is required to fly in the competition. They will be selling three passes for $25. Proceeds from this will also go towards the KPA flight training scholarships.

There will also be some yard games available and hangar hospitality provided by Myers Aviation along with a one-man band to provide some musical entertainment. Pedal cars will also be available for children to ride.

For more information, visit the Kingdom Pilots Association's Facebook page.

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