Sequim Gazette staff
The Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire soared above expectations so much that organizers are already looking into a second event.
Co-coordinator Kelly Jo Hill said the event Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 went unbelievably well and she estimates more than 3,000 people attended.
“From little kids to 80-year-old men, they were all having just as much fun. It was an all around great time,” she said. “We wanted to make a few people happy and we far exceeded that.”
The Air Affaire served as a celebration for the 30th year for the Sequim Valley Airport and the centennial of the City of Sequim. Andy Sallee, president of the airport, gave the go-ahead for a second event next year.
In its first year, the event brought in 33 planes and 110 cars, trucks and motorcycles for the show and shine. Some of the highlights included hot air balloon rides, wing walkers, skydivers, a smoke planes formation demonstration and more.
Hill said one of the organizers’ goals will be expanding the number of participating cars and planes.
Tri-Area R/C fliers out of Chimacum expanded their flights both days due to their popularity.
Mel Rudin of Port Angeles with Chapter 430 of the Experimental Aircraft Association said he was glad the Air Affaire happened.
“It makes people realize the importance of the airport while becoming acquainted with it,” he said.
Hill said the event was led by six volunteers and the Port Angeles Civil Air Patrol.
“People seemed generally seemed happy,” she said. “You could tell the whole vibe was positive.”
For more information, visit olympicpeninsulaairaffaire.weebly.com or call Emily Westcott at 670-6294 or Kelly Jo Hill at 461-3950.