Fly-In

The Williams County Airport Authority and the airport boosters group made it official Wednesday — the Fly-In Breakfast, held for the past 52 years, will be postponed until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated state ban on gatherings and social distancing protocols.

Another summer event and Williams County institution — the Fly-In Breakfast — has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated issues of social distancing and bans on large gatherings.

Brent Wilson, vice president of the Williams County Airport Authority, and president of the airport boosters group, made it official Wednesday.

“There will be no Fly-In this year. It’s postponed until next year,” said Wilson, noting that other events, such as the postponing of the Ohio State Fair and the decision to close the City of Bryan pools, are driven by the same circumstances.

“Fairs and other things have been canceled this year. We kind of fell into that category,” Wilson said.

The Fly-In Breakfast, held annually on July 4, drew thousands to the Williams County Airport for a breakfast and to see a variety of modern and antique airplanes, some which flew in from out of state.

The Kiwanis Club of Williams County had sponsored the Fly-In Breakfast for the past 52 years. But the group, citing a declining number of members and volunteers, sought a group to take over the event this year, and the airport boosters group said it would step up. Kiwanis Club members said they would continue to volunteer at the event.

“We’re disappointed. It’s been 52 years running. We hate to do this ... but we’ll plan on returning next year,” Wilson said.

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