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Planes to splash into Lake Fanny Hooe

September 20, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - Traffic in Copper Harbor usually begins to slow down this time of year, but residents and visitors will see some air and sea traffic the weekend of Sept. 28 through 30, weather permitting.

A "Splash-in" will be held on Lake Fanny Hooe, in which numerous pilots of float planes fly into the area and display their abilities and hardware.

"They all fly into one location and show off the planes," said Rick Draper, who helped get the ball rolling for the event. "They have precision landings to see who can do it the best; they do drops on a target to see who can hit the target in the lake.

"They enjoy doing it for people who don't get to see it often."

Draper, who referred to himself as the "instigator" of the project - as the pilots themselves are responsible for the event - has lived in the area for a few years and wanted to jump-start Copper Harbor in a typical down time.

"If we can attract them to have a fun gathering in Copper Harbor, other people will come up to Copper Harbor and everybody benefits," he said.

Draper recommended the Fort Wilkins State Park paradegrounds as the best place to view the planes, as some other areas to view the show are on private property. He also commended the pilots coming for the event, as many are traveling a long distance.

"A lot of planes are flying more than six hours to get here," Draper said. "They're flying here from Minnesota, northern Indiana, all around."

For more information on the event, call Draper at 289-4127.



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