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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 07/04/12
Fly-In Breakfast may be
restored for Peach Fest
by CHRIS GRAYA long-time Peach Festival tradition may make its return after being canceled.
Observer Staff Writer
The 16th Annual Peach Festival Fly-In Breakfast could be set back on course should the Romeo State Airport and Romeo Lions Club reach an agreement.
In May, the Lions Club received a letter from the airport's management saying that liability issues would prevent the fly-in breakfast from being held at the airport.
The airport, which is owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), has been the site of the breakfast for at least 20 years, drawing in 1,500 people during last year's event.
Mike Trout, executive administrator of MDOT's Office of Aeronautics, said in an e-mail that his office was contacted regarding the event and encouraged the operator to allow for it to take place.
"(The operator's) concern - and ours - is safety so it was our understanding that they were working on getting the appropriate liability insurance," he said.
Gary Schocke, Peach Festival committee president and Romeo Lions Club member, said the situation was a "misunderstanding," and has begun discussions with the airport's management.
"We will have the fly-in if we can work out the details," he said.
He said the management team has provided the Lions Club with seven different items to handle before they can approve the event. These include working out insurance issues, compensation and plans for dealing with parking for airplanes and cars.
"We've never had to do that before," he said. "I think we can fulfill those."
Schocke said he expects more details to develop in the next couple of weeks. The event is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 2.
Calls to the Romeo State Airport were not returned.