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Bygone era comes alive Saturday

Candler Field Museum will re-create the sights and sounds of the 1920s at the fourth annual Vintage Day Festival Saturday, June 1, with a fashion show, airplane rides, candy drop, antique planes, a cake walk and old-fashioned music. The airfield and museum are just off Highway 362 in Williamson and activities are slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  ’This is a family focused event. Come dressed in period costume or come as you are,’ said organizer Ron Alexander. ‘See the displays of old cars and vintage planes and enjoy the old-fashioned food and music.’ Admission is free with a $5 per car parking donation. All proceeds from food and beverage, raffles and other activities go to support the non-profit Candler Field Museum. For information about the museum and Vintage Days go to peachstateaero.com or call 770-467-9490. The Vintage Day Festival represents the museum’s continuing efforts to re-create the original Atlanta Airport as it was in the 1920s. People who lived in the ‘˜20s experienced a fascination with the emerging technology of both the automobile and the ‘aeroplane.’ Barnstorming, air shows and flying circus events were popular forms of entertainment prior to the invention of TV. This year’s events include a fashion show, an old-fashioned cake walk and live music provided by The Shoulderbone Creek Orchestra. Food and refreshments will be available all day including barbecue, hamburgers, bratwursts and a full menu at Barnstormers Grill.  Two raffles will be held, one for a cash prize of $1,000 at $20 per ticket and one for a 20 gauge shotgun donated by Autrey’s Armory in Fayetteville for $10 per ticket. Raffle tickets can be purchased online, by calling 770-467-9490 or by visiting Barnstormers Grill. The museum will plan an event to remind folks how the Baby Ruth Candy Company once used airplanes to drop free candy bars as a form of advertising. Volunteers will recreate the candy drop just like they did back then.  Also, Vintage Day will have on display an authentic 1918 Curtiss Jenny biplane that has been under restoration. It will make its debut at the festival. The newly donated 1928 WACO Bi-Plane will be present for this event. Bi-plane rides will be available in the WACO YMF-5 during the event or by appointment all year. To participate in the fashion show contact Regina Alexander at gigibalexander@gmail.com.

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