Despite chilly weather and rain Saturday, Wadsworth Municipal Airport celebrated its third Props and Pistons Festival.
The event had a World War II theme complete with historic aircraft, classic cars, local food vendors and fun that caused community interest in the airport to take off.
“A lot of people do not even realize that there is an airport here in Wadsworth,” said Caitlyn Collins of Sharon Center.
“The airport started doing the Props and Pistons Festival three years ago to raise awareness and let people know that we are here. Our main goal is to bring in the community to have fun while they get to know our airport.”
Collins is president of Aviation Venturing Crew 2446, a scouting program at the airport that offers leadership and educational opportunities for young adults interested in aviation. The crew greeted attendees and gave out informational Props and Pistons newspapers while selling raffle tickets.
“It’s been a great time here,” said Scout Leader Mark Switzer, who attended the event with Boy Scout Troop 456.
“We’re from Seville, but I’ve seen a few other troops from around the county in attendance to complete the requirements for their aviation merit badge. A lot of them seem to be very interested in aeronautics.”
Although the boys showed an interest in aeronautics, none said they planned to pursue a career in aviation.
Community groups also raised awareness of their causes at the event.
“My boyfriend, Collin Kiousis, was diagnosed with cancer,” said Hayden Cory, 18, of Medina.
“We set up a table here to raise money to help members of the community with cancer and to go toward cancer research through our group ‘Collin Cares Cure Cancer.’ It has been an enjoyable day for me, because not only is this cause important to me, but I am also studying to become a pilot.”
The festivities, which also included guest speakers and airplane rides, captivated the interest of the event’s workers, too.
Wadsworth Auxiliary Patrol Officer Dave King watched workers directing traffic in the festival’s parking area.
He said he was “most looking forward to seeing the helicopter up close,” gesturing toward a Boeing CH-47 Chinook.
“We are excited to be at this event. But so is the community — a lot of people have been coming in and keeping us busy out here.
“I just wish it would stop raining,” he added with a laugh.
To learn more about the Wadsworth Municipal Airport and to see pictures from the event, visit its Facebook page.