Dawn Patrol being held next Sunday at Maple Grove Airport
By Dawn HortonThe 69th Annual Dawn Patrol will be held next Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Maple Grove Airport. The airport is located at the corner of Sherwood and Robb Roads, north of town. Take Fowlerville Road north four miles to Sherwood Road and then turn east and drive one mile to the airport.
Along with the traditional “all you can eat” breakfast and the fly-in of planes, other activities are also scheduled.
Starting off will be an Ecumenical Church Service at 7 a.m., conducted by area ministers.
Dawn Patrol normally draws hundreds of people who come out to visit with family and friends, eat breakfast, look at the planes, and enjoy the other attractions and activities. Weather permitting, several dozen pilots and their passengers will fly in for the event, coming from all over Lower Michigan.
The breakfast is served rain or shine from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu includes eggs, bacon, a ham and cheese scramble, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, donuts, and milk, orange juice, and coffee. Cost is $8 per person with children five to 12 years charged $5 and children four and under are served free.
There will be drawings taking place throughout Dawn Patrol with great prizes donated by area merchants being given away. Craft booths will also be set on the grounds with an assortment of items offered for sale.
If the skies are clear, the Capital City Sky Divers will join the activities with a parachute jump. In addition, Dennis Bowdoin of Helicopter Air Specialty Service, located on the west side of the airfield, will have several of his helicopters on display. Those attending can also view military trucks and warbirds.
For those interested, camping is allowed at the airport on Friday and Saturday nights.
Maple Grove Airport and the building where the breakfast is served are owned by the Jack Sherwood family. They have hosted Dawn Patrol since 1970 when the airport first opened.