The town of Harrietstown is inviting the public to an open house Saturday at the town-owned Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the airport's east ramp, at the end of Helms-Mueller Road. It's being held in conjunction with North Country Life Flight's annual PumpkinFest, which was formerly held at Mount Pisgah Ski Center in Saranac Lake.
Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch said the open house will feature static displays of aircraft owned by tenants at the facility as well as airport equipment, including the fire, plow and de-icing trucks. The Civil Air Patrol, remote control aircraft enthusiasts and Cape Air, the airport's commercial passenger carrier, will have booths set up.
PumpkinFest, an annual fundraiser for the Life Flight medical helicopter rescue team, will be going on at the same time. It features games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a clown, music, a hay maze, a bake sale, a silent auction and a cake walk. The state police Life Flight helicopter will be on display, and Smokey's BBQ 911 will sell barbecued pork.
Hurwitch said the idea of holding an open house came up earlier this year when the town held a series of meetings on the future of the airport. The meetings came amid public scrutiny of the airport stemming from an embarrassing audit of the facility by the state Comptroller's Office and large increases in the townwide tax levy in 2010 and 2012, due to poor airport fuel sales. The town's operation of the airport is also a big issue in the ongoing campaign for Harrietstown supervisor between Republican Bob Bevilacqua and Democrat Tom Catillaz.
"We're trying to get people out to the airport to see what's going on out here," Hurwitch said. "We hope people see us as part of the community and a benefit rather than a hindrance."
Saturday's events will be held rain or shine. There is no charge for the open house, but Life Flight will accept donations.
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