By Tim Kowols
A field in Kewaunee County celebrates a special milestone Saturday when the Rio Creek Airport hosts its annual fly-in event. Opening in 1973, the Rio Creek Airport has rebounded from a 15 year period where visiting aviators were greeted with nearly empty and aging hangars from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. Starting in 1998, improvements were made to the airport including a new clubhouse and activities building that led a group of Rio Creek aviators to welcome the community and pilots back to the airport in 2000. Entering the airport’s 45th year of operation, Rio Creek Aviation Foundation chairperson Brian Dauck says the fly-in event has had a great turnout of pilots over the last two years.
The Rio Creek Fly-In runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with proceeds from food sales and plane rides going to support the Rio Creek Aviation Foundation’s efforts.