ABERDEEN, Ohio -- A citizen of Aberdeen is planning an air show for late August in an effort to showcase and bring business to the village.
Gerald Manning, owner of Crystal's Collectibles, approached village council members Tuesday evening for support in the effort. Part of his request was for the use of 30 feet of the property the village is planning to purchase for the new water treatment plant. Since the sale has not yet closed, council said permission would have to be granted by the current owner. The property is owned by Louis Bramel Sr. and Annette Mineer. Manning said Mineer had already given permission for use of her property.
Council made a motion of support for the fly-in and the motion passed unanimously.
The air show will be the 10th annual David Purdin Auto Sales Fly-In, though it will be the first time in Aberdeen. Purdin said in previous years a race track in Peebles, Ohio had been used for the fly-in but it is not available this year. If successful, Manning hopes to make the fly-in an annual event.
The fly-in will feature powered paragliders and powered parachutes. The powered parachutes have two seats and if enough of the vehicles are available, rides may be offered. Purdin said he hopes to have 30 to 40 pilots of the paragliders and parachutes at the fly-in.
Purdin said he flies both the paragliders and parachutes. His interest in the paragliders and parachutes was peaked about 11 years ago through a friend. Purdin said he became interested in the sport and has trained several students over the years.
Manning will not be making a profit from the fly-in and there is no deposit or cost required to bring the fly-in to Aberdeen. However, Manning said he hopes the presence of the paragliders and parachutes will bring people in to stay in the hotels, eat in the restaurants and shop in the local businesses.
Saturday, three pilots flew over Aberdeen and Manning was pleased by the number of people who came out to watch them.
Manning opened his store, which features antiques, collectibles, offers consignment and other items, approximately a month ago and the fly-in, which will be a four-day event the last weekend in August, is just one effort he is making to attract people to the village. He is also hosting a car show July 16 from 3-6 p.m.
In other village business, council members discussed the vandalism of the bathrooms at the park and the necessity of locking the bathrooms. However, council members felt that a village employee or police officer could unlock the bathrooms in the morning and lock them again in the evening to keep the facilities open for public use.
Also discussed was curfew and people who use the park after hours. Council requested an increased police patrol in the area to act as a deterrent.
Administrator Emily Henderson said an auction of surplus items was successful, bringing in more than $5,500. She suggested using the money to purchase a lift truck for the village to assist in taking down flags that were put up for the July 4th holiday, trimming trees and with the lights in the village.
A car that was forfeited to the village as a result of a drug bust was also sold for more than $2,700. That money will go into a drug fund for use by the police department in other investigations.