GREENVILLE — A partnership was developed to help give children the opportunity to fly and experience aviation all over the nation.
On June 15, the “I Can Fly” event will be held in Greenville to give local children a chance to fly in a 20 minute flight around Greenville.
The seventh annual Young Eagles event will begin at 8 a.m. on June 15 at the Greenville Airport.
“This gives young kids an opportunity they might not get otherwise,” said Events Director Kris Kropf.
If the weather permits, Kropf said he hopes to have the children fly over Wabasis Lake again and be able to enjoy that beautiful scenery.
Over the years, the event has allowed 690 children to fly. The event is open to all local children ages 8 to 17.
Parents can bring the children to the Greenville Municipal Airport starting at 8 a.m. to fill out registration forms and meet the pilots.
From there, they will learn about the fundamentals of flying and much more. Static airplane displays and paper plane shops will also be available for families to enjoy.
The event is put on by the Greenville Area Aviation Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
“It is something we like to do,” Kropf said. “It gives us a reason to fly.”
The event is free, however, donations are accepted. Kropf said local businesses also make the event possible by donating to the event.
Throughout the nation, the “I Can Fly” events each average anywhere from 25 to 100 children. Greenville’s event averages about 115 children.
“We have so much fun,” Kropf said of the event. “Some kids dream of flying.”