Melvin run, fly-in fill weekend


July 5, 2011 - 12:00 AM

A weekend filled with activities awaits Iolans with the third annual Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life and a powered parachute fly-in.
Festivities kick off Friday evening on the courthouse square, including a car show, kids’ carnival, bucket brigade relay, fire truck pull, a “drag” race, an outdoor movie showing of “Ghostbusters,” and a hot air balloon that will provide short rides, weather permitting.
The evening culminates at the stroke of 12:26 a.m. Saturday with the 5K run or 3K walk, starting in front of the Iola post office.
Registration continues for participants right up until the starting bang.
The Melvin Run is cosponsored by Thrive Allen County and Allen County Crime Stoppers.
To register, contact Thrive offices, 365-8128. A sign-up booth also will be set up Friday.

THIS WEEKEND also marks the return of the distinctive powered parachutes to Allen County Airport, starting Thursday evening.
The 10th annual Power of Dreams Fly In will bring upward of 40 powered parachute pilots to the airport.
The group will fly each morning — typically when winds are at their lowest — before returning to the airport for most of the day. Flights will continue through Sunday morning, weather permitting.
The public is invited to visit with the pilots or watch the spectacle from bleachers set up by Iola and Allen County crews.
“Both the city and county continue to be so supportive of our efforts,” said Ron Smail, one of the fly-in’s organizers. “There’s no way we could be this successful without their support.”

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