High-flying fun in Grafton

by | Sep 29, 2023

Woodstock Airport celebrates 55th anniversary

Antique planes and cars dotted the runway as the Woodstock Airport celebrated its 55th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The event was hosted by the Woodstock Flying Association, which assists in running the Grafton airport in conjunction with the Woodstock town government.

“The Woodstock Flying Association has approximately 50 members” and is “a base for anyone who owns their own plane in the area and wants a safe location to store or fly,” says Woodstock Flying Association president Matthew McLatchy.

The celebration included a display of antique aircraft and cars, with some models shown from as early as 1968.

Also, at the airfield that day was a bouncy castle, other games for kids like cornhole game and a musical performance from the local band Wood “N” Nichols.

The club also offers breakfast on the second Saturday of each month for members and non-members, with eggs, bacon, sausage and more offered.

The airfield was founded in 1968 when the previous airport on Island Park in the St. John River, where Old Home Week was once held, was made inoperable due to the flooding caused by the construction of the Mactaquac Dam.

The Woodstock Fly-In event allowed visitors to participate in activities throughout the afternoon, pay for short flights over Woodstock, and watch as local and visiting pilots land and take off from the airport.

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