It’s only three months away from the opening of Williston’s new international airport, but Sloulin Field isn’t closed just yet, and the airport is planning one final bash for its annual Fly-In Breakfast.
This year is the fourth and final annual Fly-In at Sloulin Field, before the tradition begins anew at the Williston Basin International Airport, opening in October. The Fly-In takes place on Saturday, July 13, from 7 a.m. to noon. Assistant Airport Director Ryan O’Rear spoke with the Williston Herald, saying organizers wanted to make this final fly-in as special as possible.
“This is the last big event at this airport, so we’re trying to make it as great as possible,” he explained. “We’ve been adding on every year, trying to make it bigger and better and this year is no different.”
The day kicks off at 7 a.m., featuring a free will donation pancake breakfast hosted by the local Lions clubs, served in the airport’s hangars. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Lions clubs projects. Overland Aviation will once again be offering plane rides around the area and for $25 per person, visitors can take a short 10 minute flight above the city.
If exploring an airplane from the ground is more your speed, the Fly-In will have several local aircraft on display for the public to check out.
O’Rear said pilots from around the state will be on-hand with their aircraft, answering questions and showing off their planes. For those interested in hitting the skies themselves, at least digitally, Williston High School Aviation Instructor Thomas Sando will have flight simulators set up for the public to try, as well as glider kits for the younger crowd to build.
Kids can also play a round of laser tag or burn off some energy in the bounce castle that will also be on site. Equipment from the airport, fire and police departments will also be on display for the public to explore.
The event is free to the public to attend, with the airport offering free event parking the day of the event in the frontage road lot located next to Highway 2.
O’Rear said the airport plans to continue the tradition once the new facility is open, and that with expanded space, the fly-in can only get bigger.
“We plan on making next year even bigger and better,” he said. “We’ll have the capability of bringing in bigger airplanes, so maybe we can transition to keep it as a fly-in, but also maybe there’s an opportunity for a little air show. We’ll have much more space and I think next year will be even better than this year.”