By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — Planes, trains and automobiles converged in Centerville Saturday, Aug. 3 to raise money for the Centerville Fire Department, the Betterment or Bust group and the Centerville Municipal Airport.
And from all indications the day was a tremendous success.
Airplane rides and tandem skydiving were offered at the airport Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Food was also being served.
"We had a great day at the airport," Jay Rogers, chairman of the Airport Commission, said. "At one point we had up to a three hour wait to ride."
Rogers said they did 180 rides and collected $2,780. He said they had to refund 29 people who paid but did not get to take a ride due to pilot fatigue. A makeup day for the ones that did not get to ride is being planned, he said.
Rogers said they also turned away close to 20 people due to the back up in time at the end of the day.
The airplane rides lasted 20-30 minutes and went from the airport to Rathbun Lake and back. The adult charge was $20 and kids under 12 years of age was $10.
"We had 18 people skydive," Rogers said. "They paid $230 per person to jump and 11 chose to have a video of their jump for another $70."
Rogers said the jumps were contracted directly with Skydive Iowa and the airport did not participate in the funds collected for the jumps. The airport was just a host for the skydive company for the benefit of the folks who wanted to skydive.
Food and beverage sales came in at $649 which means the total revenue generated for the airport Saturday was $3,429. Rogers said the money will be used to make improvements at the airport.
The Centerville Fire Department Car Show was Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the historic Centerville Square. Fire Capt. Vern Milburn said the money raised by the car show will be used to purchase equipment to keep firefighters safe.
Train rides were offered from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at a cost of $15 per person to raise money for the BOB group's restoration project at the VFW.
Members of the North American Rail Car Operators Association donated their time and car rides to benefit the BOB project.
More than 160 people took the one-hour plus ride in what are known as "Speeders" on the rails to Moulton and back to Curwood in Centerville on a beautiful summer day.