Gearing up, flying in


Saturday was all about gear-heads, with thousands driving in to either show off their mechanical machines or view others, along with those who flew into the Maple Lake Airport. 
For the fourth straight year, the Gear-Head Get Together took over downtown Maple Lake. Planes buzzed overhead as the 28th annual fly in and pork chop dinner – organized by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 878 – took place simultaneously for the first time ever.
Organizers with both events were pleased with the events, which were linked together with a free shuttle throughout the day.
“I got so many compliments it was almost embarrassing,” Get Together Co-Chairman John Rivers said.
“My personal observation was, this year, given the weather, we had increased traffic, whether that was due to the craft show or the shuttle bus bringing people out from the Gear-Head Get Together,” EAA Chapter 878 Secretary Wayne Flury said.
Weather was a mixed bag, especially for aviators, who had to deal with a low cloud ceiling much of the day. Spectators, however, were shielded from direct sunlight thanks to those clouds.
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