You Can Camp Out at a Maine Airport and Watch Planes Land on a Lake
Unless you're Tom Hanks filming a movie where you legit live in an airport because there is a war going on in your country -- or you're just insanely unlucky with delayed, missed, or canceled flights -- odds are you'd never intentionally try to camp out at an airport. But next weekend, that's actually a life option you might want to choose.
International Seaplane Fly-In
Since 1973, bush pilots (essentially just very experienced pilots who fly small aircraft into remote locations, at least according to Dictionary.com) have been flying through Greenville to transport sportsmen in and out of the area. The official International Seaplane Fly-In website goes on to note that this eventually turned into what we now know as the International Seaplane Fly-In event, which is coming back to Greenville next weekend.
Maine Plane Float Parade
Next weekend, between Thursday, September 8 and Sunday, September 11, the International Seaplane Fly-In is coming back to Moosehead Lake in Greenville. According to the official schedule for the International Seaplane Fly-In, the weekend includes everything from a lobster dinner and poker run, to an opportunity to meet the pilots, watch a day (or two) of competitions between all the pilots, and be present for the parade of seaplanes.
The best part? You don't even have to come and go from Moosehead Lake each day, because you can actually just stay at the Greenville Municipal Airport for the weekend and make a whole, nonstop experience out of it!
Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
Another cool part that's insanely fitting for an event in Vacationland -- the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be on hand at the Fly-In all weekend. And it makes sense -- considering Mainers are all about selflessly helping others, the Civil Air Patrol is, according to Captain Jeff Pierce of the Maine Wing handling Public Affairs,
"America's premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster, and work to keep the homeland safe."
And with the three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol being "Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs," it's truly a perfect fit for CAP to be involved with the Fly-In next weekend. In fact, Captain Pierce even mentioned that interested parties can approach any of the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol members and volunteers to get more involved to -- like Mainers tend to do -- do good.