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Young Eagles may fly during Sunshine Days

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Sunnyside Airport advisory board chair Larry Dolan leads a discussion during last night's meeting.

There may be a new feature during Sunnyside's annual Sunshine Days next September.

That's according to a discussion last night, Tuesday, by the Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board.

The board, which makes airport-related recommendations to city council, last night began mulling the possibility of featuring a Young Eagles event in conjunction with Friday activities leading up to the parade and pageant that take place on Saturday during Sunshine Days.

Young Eagles is a program in which volunteer pilots with small planes provide free 15 to 20-minute flights for children ages 8 to 17. The idea is to spark an interest in flight.

Board member Ted Durfey last night mentioned the possibility of a Sunshine Days connection and having the Young Eagles program take place on late Friday afternoon at the airport.

The airport is already the site of a barbecue and classic car poker run each Friday of Sunshine Days weekend, so the thought is that having a Young Eagles program would provide a tie-in to the other festivities.

The idea is just at the talking point for now, but commissioners liked it enough to plan additional discussions on the topic at future meetings.

The airport advisory board's next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Port of Sunnyside board room.

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