Flight, aircraft and emergency vehicles will be on display Saturday when the Hermiston Municipal Airport celebrates its annual open house and Young Eagles Fly Day.

The event runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the airport — 1600 Airport Way — and will include displays, tours and the opportunity for children to take to the skies. As part of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles Program, children ages 8-17 can take a sight-seeing flight with a local pilot over the City of Hermiston and McNary Dam.

Children must have a parent present to sign a release form before participating in the flights, and both adults and children can tour the airport and visit displays of planes and emergency vehicles.

“We won’t have any military displays because they’re deployed, but the fire department and the police department will have displays,” Airport Manager Susie Rawe said. “It’s basically the same as in the past. We’re inviting the public out to see the airport.”

A bounce house for younger children and concessions by Agape House will also be available.

“This is something we do to promote the airport,” Rawe said. “There are people who don’t even know we have an airport. It’s nice to get them aware.”

The event is put on by the volunteer Airport Advisory Committee, Hermiston Aviation and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 219.

Organizers are looking for additional volunteers to help out with the event. For more information or to volunteer, call Rawe at 541-567-3694.

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