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Air show coming to 61st annual Flight Breakfast

By Staff | Jun 27, 2009

The 61st Annual Estherville Fourth of July Flight Breakfast is adding a new twist to the 2009 activities.

Jon Melby Airshows, from Arizona, will be performing at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Serving for breakfast starts at 7 a.m.

According to Jon Melby’s website www.johnmelby.com, he first learned to fly when he created a pile of leaves on his Duluth, Minn., lawn, climbed onto the roof of his two-story home and jumped like a bird into the leaves. He has been hooked on flying every since.

Melby’s show features both basic and advanced level maneuvers and he narrates what he’s doing from the cockpit to the audience below.

The Estherville Flight Breakfast, first held in 1948, will feature annual events including fly-in aircraft on display and the Kid’s Prize Drop at 10:30 a.m.

Also, the Northwest Iowa Jazz Band will perform at 9 a.m.

The breakfast menu includes: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and milk.

Fly-in pilots and co-pilots eat free, fly-in passengers- $3, adults- $6, and children $3.

The event is made possible by volunteers from the Estherville Noon Kiwanis, Rotary, Wa-tan-ye, VFW Post 3388 Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Saddle Club, Estherville Ambulance, Northwest Iowa Jazz Band, Chamber of Commerce, Firemen’s Association, Police Reserves, Black Knights Car Club, and R.S.V.P.

The event is open to the public and is a great way to start your Independence Day celebration.