Fly n' Fair celebrates founder's love of aviation
The Corman Air Park is holding its 6th annual Fly N' Fair this weekend.
The event located 15 kilometers Southeast of Saskatoon is being held in memory of Vern Rees whose love of aviation brought pilots in the area together.
"Vern was the pilot, the instructor and very passionate about aviation," said Sandra Rees, his widow and the owner of Corman Air Park.
She said that aviation was always a passion even before he got his pilots licence.
"Anything to do with flying he wanted to do. I just loved the fact that he was happy doing what he loved," she said.
Vern got his pilot licence in the early 80s and continued to be a strong force in aviation in the area.
He flew, instructed, did aerial photography, and was even a test pilot. When the land for the air park went up for sale they didn't hesitate.
"I'm very fond of this place... it came up for sale and we decided okay lets sell our place in the city and lets buy this place. And that's how it started," Sandra said.
Soon after the idea of a fair came up.
"We thought how could we promote aviation and give the public and young people an opportunity to be up close to airplanes ?" Sandra said.
They invited some local pilots and flying clubs but soon had interest from farmers, the Saskatoon Rocket Society, and pilots from the United States.
It now includes tutorials on wing maintenance, antique tractors, kids play area, beer gardens, concessions, fireworks and opportunities to go flying.
Sandra said that she is happy to continue on in her husband's name.
"I love flying, maybe not as much as him, but I love it quite a bit," she said.
For more information visit the Corman Air Park's website.