Vintage fixed-wing aircraft and modern-day Medevac helicopters will fly in to Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough on Saturday, Oct. 3, to help Rotary District 7510 raise funds that will be donated to various charities and foundations dedicated to assisting the US military and veterans.
Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 4. There is no charge for admission.
The day begins with an American flag flyover that will circle the airfield during the National Anthem performed by Jessie Devine.
Visitors are invited to the Military & Veterans Appreciation Day from 1-5 p.m. to view the aircraft and other attractions, including airplane rides, childrens’ games, fire apparatus and a performance of patriotic songs by the Somerville Pipers & Drums.
There will be a raffle for a 1-hour scenic airplane ride for 3 people to New York Harbor and up the Hudson River courtesy of TriState Aviation.
Entrance to the airport is at 1034 Millstone River Road.
Other scheduled attractions include tethered hot air balloon rides on the Unity Bank Hot Air Balloon from 1-3 p.m. The Shockwave Monster Truck will also be on display.
The event will include outreach and information for members of the military, families and veterans provided by several organizations.
There will be food vendors, live bands, clowns, face painting and other activities for children.
Walgreen’s will also offer flu shots.
Participating organizations include Operation Shoebox New Jersey and Operation Chill Out.
Rotary District 7510 includes 45 chapters in a five-county area comprising Somerset, Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties.
Rotary International is a worldwide service organization of businessmen and women dedicated to community service and humanitarian causes.
Operation Chillout, based in Long Valley, is seeking new and unused clothing that will be donated to homeless veterans. Requested items include knit cap and gloves, wool/nylon blend socks, insulated underwear and hooded, zipper sweatshirts in sizes large and extra large.
Operation Shoebox New Jersey, based in Hillsborough seeks donations of food items that are placed in personal care packages shipped to members of the US military deployed overseas. Requested items include canned tuna, canned fruit, 1 oz. boxes of cereal, dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, boxes of 16.9 oz. packets of drink mix and small snack bags of pretzels and chips.
Both organizations will host displays at the event where donated items can be dropped off.