The 13th annual Wings and Wheels Over Wadena event is planned for Saturday, June 29, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wadena Airport. The event offers a plethora of aviation related activities including plane rides, helicopter displays, model airplane demonstrations, and much more.

Admission to the event is free to the public and every kid that arrives to the airport will receive a prize. The day starts with an all you can eat pancake breakfast hosted by the Wadena Chamber of Commerce. That breakfast runs from 7-10 a.m. The event will also have food vendors serving up popcorn, mini donuts, hot dogs, and tacos. Additionally, a raffle will be held and according to organizers $1,500 in prizes will be given away. 

The Children’s raffle is free to sign up and children must be present to win. A separate $10 raffle will also be available. Need not be present to win.

At this event, people will have the opportunity to soar over Wadena. Plane rides are $25 per person. The event will also have a car show with cash prizes for winners. First place takes home $300, $220 for second, and $175 for third. The vehicle that travels the furthest distance will receive $50. There is no entry fee for the car show.

Wadena Pilot's Association president Dano Ostrander praised the event as a chance to spread awareness about aviation practices and safety. It's also an opportunity to introduce new people to the sport and hobby. "Watching first time fliers first go up for their first ride, they come back grinning ear to ear, that's the entire reason I fly," said Ostrander.

Money raised from the event goes back into the community. Funds raised are geared toward education. Wadena Pilot's Association Inc. gives away two scholarships which will be awarded around noon during Saturday's festivities.

Ostrander wants to remind everyone planning to attend that plane rides and aviation demonstrations can be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

For more information contact Dano Ostrander at 218-282-6623 or email him at bellelaneaviation@outlook.com. The airport is 3 miles west of Wadena on State Hwy 29.