Dawn Patrol being held next Sunday at Maple Grove Airport
By Dawn Horton
The 70th Annual Dawn Patrol will be held next Sunday, Sept. 12, 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.
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 ‘all you can eat’ breakfast is served rain or shine from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu includes eggs, bacon, 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. Vendors are also welcome to participate.
If the skies are clear, the Capital City Sky Divers will join the activities with a parachute jump.
For those interested, camping is allowed at the airport on Friday and Saturday nights.
A special plaque will be on display at the building where the breakfast is served, honoring the late Jack Sherwood who passed away last year. The Sherwood family has hosted the event since the airport opened in 1970 and Dawn Patrol was relocated there. Previously, it was held at Newton Field on Sargent Road.