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Father's Day takes flight at Marshall County Airport

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LACON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Father's Day took flight Sunday morning at the Marshall County Airport, celebrating it's 50th Father's Day fly-in. 

"It started in one of the small tee-hangers and it's grown from there," said President of the Airport Board Charlie Allen.

Pilots from all over the state flew in with their vintage airplanes. Some brought radio controlled model planes for everyone to see.
But when you got to the airport an aroma filled the air, as the airport committee was hard at work making stacks of pancakes, eggs and sausage. 
The President of the Airport Board has been a part of this tradition from the start, dating back to 1967.

"My mother and the airport manager's mother did the cooking and we just had a few people-- that was the first breakfast. From there, its grown to where we have around anywhere from 12 to 14 hundred now every year," said Allen.

For 50 years, Marshall County has been giving the community a different perspective on aviation, like giving helicopter rides.

"It was awesome. We did a really cool sharp turn, it almost felt like we were falling over upside down," said Abbie York, who braved the helicopter flight.

Staff say this was one of their biggest crowds yet, serving 1,525 people Sunday morning. 

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