50th fly-in breakfast Sunday

For 50 years, people have flocked to the Chautauqua County Airport during summer – but not to take off on a trip. The annual Rotary Fly-In Breakfast is held the second Sunday of July.

The annual breakfast will be held on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Chautauqua County Airport. An all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, milk, juice and coffee will be served in addition to having various craft vendors on-site. As a part of the fly-in experience, various airplanes will be on display for admiration. Some of the aircraft will be antiques, according to Dunkirk Aviation President Louis Nalbone.

“(The antique planes) have been displayed at other air shows,” Nalbone said.

The event was started in 1963 by Nalbone’s father with the Rotary taking it over in the 1970s. He gave praise to the Rotary for taking over and being a great partner to work with.

“Historically (the breakfast) has been something that has been done very well from safety aspects to the way the Rotary conducts themselves,” Nalbone said.

In the history of the breakfast, Nalbone has never missed one. He started at the very first breakfast as a pre-teen when his father started the airshow.

“I was there for the first one … I can appreciate the longevity of it,” Nalbone said. “A lot of the things we do is to honor (my father).”