Sandy alters weekend event plans: cancellations, postponements

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Below is a list of events that have been cancelled or postponed in anticipation of remnant heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy as the storm passes the North Carolina coast this weekend.

High winds and pouring rain don’t mix with a day of aviation fun so thanks to the looming bad weather predicted to be generated by Hurricane Sandy, Saturday’s First in Flight Festival has been postponed until Nov. 10, according to Scott Hinton, Elizabeth City Regional Airport manager.

Hinton says to mark your calendar for Nov. 10 because that Saturday will be just as big as the one planned for this week. The schedule, he says, will remain the same.

That schedule will include free airplane rides for kids, a tour of the 1940 C-46 aircraft The Tinker Bell, and chocolatae falling from the sky thanks to the famed Candy Bomber, The Spirit of Freedom, a restored 1945 Douglas C-54 that will be used to re-enact the historic 1948-49 Berlin Airlift.

A highlight of the festival will be a special appearance by Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen. As a young airlift pilot, Halvorsen made international media headlines for dropping chocolates to West Berlin children during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49. For the past 15 years the “Candy Bomber” has re-enacted his role, piloting the Spirit of Freedom aircraft for the non-profit Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. Beginning at 3 p.m. during the festival, Halvorsen will send chocolates aloft on tiny parachutes in two flyovers of the airport grounds.

All events are free and parking is available in the DRS Technologies parking lot, next to the airport. For additional information and a complete schedule, visit

For information, go to or call at 1-888-338-1678 or (252) 338-0169. Details of the First in Flight Festival area at

Albemarle Adventure Day at Fun Junktion

Saturday's planned Albemarle Outdoor Adventure Day scheduled at Fun Junktion has been cancelled.