BRISTOL - This yearâ€™s Wings and Wheels Festival will he held June 10 at Robertson Airport, offering plane and helicopter rides and a chance to see a host of cars and motorcycles ranging from the early 20th century to today.
The sixth annual festival, sponsored by Interstate Aviation, Bristol Auto Club and the Plainville Fire Company, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the airport at 62 Johnson Ave.
Proceeds will benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry and the Petit Family Foundation. Last year, despite rainy weather, the event collected $15,800 to divide evenly between the two nonprofits, up from $12,000 the year before, and this yearâ€™s event chair Scott Saunders aims to collect $20,000.
â€śThe Plainville Food Pantry has been serving an increasing number of people in their time of need but every year their grant funding is reduced further and further,â€ť he said. â€śDespite that, they are able to collect an amazing amount of food. Most of the money raised by the Petit Family Foundation stays local. They were able to fund our middle school robotics team, which has been in the top two to three in the state every year since. They also do great work to support girls in science, protect women from violence and fund education. They are doing a lot of good in the community.â€ť
Saunders said that the festival attracts a wide variety of vehicles.
â€śIâ€™m a Corvette guy. I love the old Corvettes from the late-â€™50s and early-â€™60s,â€ť said Saunders. â€śBut last year we had everything from a modern Ford GT, which was one of our contest winners, to old Model As and Model Ts and everything in between. If you like cars or are interested in aviation there is something for everyone; whether you want to watch planes or take a look around inside one or ride in one or just look around and talk to car owners.â€ť
Saunders encouraged those interested in going on plane and helicopter rides to sign-up early.
â€śSign-ups start at 10 a.m. and they sell out quickly,â€ť he said. â€śEvery year they have been sold out by 11:30 a.m. Life Star will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as long as there arenâ€™t any emergencies for them to be at.â€ť
During the festival, the band â€śThe Curl Daddiesâ€ť will entertain.
Food vendors will include J. Timothyâ€™s and the Plainville Fire Company as well as â€śWorldâ€™s Best Smoothiesâ€ť and much more.
Saunders said that there will also be community banks, car dealerships such as Crowley Ford and Parsonâ€™s Buick and craft vendors.
There will also be numerous childrenâ€™s activities including rides and a bounce house.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.