Organizers seek groups for Take Flight! event at Presque Isle airport

11 September 2013

AROOSTOOK COUNTY -Plans are coming together for a first-time event for the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle on Saturday, October 5.

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Organizers are looking for community groups, businesses, and local vendors to take part in the festivities which they expect to draw hundreds from throughout The County.

Take Flight! is the name of the event that organizers are billing as part festival, part air show, and part community health fair.

the Northern Maine Regional Airport/City of Presque Isle, Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, and TAMC are coordinating and collaborting on the event. Several businesses and organizations located on the Skyway Industrial Park, where the airport sits, along with public safety and other organizations are also involved in the planning and will take part on site.

“The City of Presque Isle and the Northern Maine Regional Airport are very pleased to partner with the Chamber and TAMC on this very important event in our region,”said Scott Wardwell, airport director. “It will be a great opportunity for the public to see the critical role that the airport plays not only in economic development for the region, but in providing emergency medical airlift services to our local communities.”

As the name and location suggest, activity will center around the theme “Take Flight”. Features will include Aroostook County’s first ever plane parade, which pilots who fly for Angel Flight will coordinate; scenic fall foliage flights over the Star City; a Life Flight helicopter fly-in; and demonstrations by TAMC’s Crown Critical Care Transport Team.

“This is shaping up to be quite the impressive event,” said Walter Mosher, supervisor with TAMC’s Crown Ambulance and event aviation coordinator. “TAMC’s Critical Care Transport Team is thrilled to be a part of this community collaboration, we’ve invited our colleagues from throughout northern Maine and beyond to help us to showcase the various types of transportation used to provide day to day emergentcareto the folks here in our region in a way that I feel is unique and exciting.”

The event will be staged in the area surrounding the airport’s General Aviation Terminal on October 5, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. In addition to the aviation-related activity, TAMC will host “Take Flight…with Good Health”, the largest community fall health fair hosted by the healthcare organization in many years. The health fair will be held on-site in the nearby large commercial aviation hangar. It will feature the region’s first free flu shot clinic of the season, and more than 40 health exhibits, including a number presented by Northern Maine Community College nursing students.

Event planners are also looking for non-profit organizations, local businesses, food vendors, crafters and others to fill the area between the General Aviation Terminal and commercial aviation hangar to create a festival-like environment for attendees. More than a dozen have already signed up to take part through word of mouth and social media efforts.

“This is an event with tremendous potential to draw hundreds, if not thousands of people from throughout the region and beyond. Recent airshows in southern and northern Aroostook County have drawn large crowds, and TAMC’s fall health fair regularly draws more than 1,000 community members,” said Theresa Fowler, executive director of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is pleased to be a partner on this event. We see it as a wonderful opportunity to showcase not only the wonderful facility and great asset the airport is to The County, but also draw attention to the top quality healthcare services offered in our community and the importance of emergency medical air transport. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations from throughout the area to showcase what they have to offer.

There is no cost for vendors to participate. For more information or to reserve space, call (207) 768-4044. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.