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Brinkley inducted into Davidson County Hall of Fame

Fly High Lexington tenant, and local racing legend, Ralph Brinkley was inducted into the Davidson Co. Hall of Fame! From The Dispatch:
Winning at Bowman-Gray Stadium requires a steady presence, and drivers can’t let their emotions get the best of them.
Ralph Brinkley was overcome with emotion Saturday night. Brinkley, one of the famed NASCAR track’s most accomplished drivers, fought back tears from start to finish Saturday as he was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame. He headlined a class that included North Davidson softball coach Mike Lambros, former Thomasville football standout Bruce Mills, former Pilot High School basketball phenom Peggy Sink Black, former West Davidson basketball star Mandy Causey McKinney, and the posthumous induction of Lexington basketball great Carlos Terry. For more than three decades, Brinkley was a fixture on the track in the featured modified division at Bowman-Gray. He picked up 64 career wins, a record that held until Tim Brown broke it this season. He still holds numerous records, and was voted the stadium’s most popular driver 11 times. Saturday night, Brinkley accepted the award, but made one thing very clear. “I didn’t win those races, we won all those races,” he said, pointing at members of his pit crew and family in attendance. “Our wives put up with us working late at night.” He actually overcame long odds just to get behind the wheel of a race car. “I lost an eye when I was nine,” he said. “Who would believe you could get in a sports Hall of Fame with one eye?”    Brinkley used his skills around an engine to escape working in hay and tobacco fields, and it turned into a passion. He said he began racing bicycles as a young child, and relished the opportunity to race at the track.

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BBQ Festival and Fly-In 10/27/2012

Complimentary Shuttle For Pilots and Passengers!

Come one come all, for the 29th annual Lexington BBQ Festival and Davidson County Airport Fly-In on October 27,2012! As Lexington’s signature festival, The BBQ Festival features live music, performers, crafts, attractions, and of course all the great BBQ Lexington is famous for. Fly High Lexington is offering complimentary shuttle service for those who fly in to the airport. So load up the Cessna, Piper, Grumman, Stinson, or whatever you have, and come check out this great event!

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Big Toy Day

A big thank you goes out to all the visitors, vendors, and staff that made this year’s Big Toy Day and Fly-In a success! from:

Big Toy Day is a success!

Nearly 1,000 kids and their families visited the Davidson County Airport on Aug. 25 to take part in Big Toy Day.
Once again, Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County can proudly say that Big Toy Day was both hugely fun and hugely successful! We saw close to 1,000 kids and their families out at the Davidson County Airport visiting the owners of more than 40 “big toys.” The Young Eagles gave over 50 free airplane rides and we sold too many hot dogs and snow cones to count! Several of our most popular activities were free thanks to the generosity of volunteerswho painted faces, applied temporary tattoos, and led yard games. We would like to thankRyan Short Entertainment for providing the bounce house! A very special thank-you goes to the CIS Board of Directors for the time and energy they spent making Big Toy Day the success that it was. CIS congratulates the winners of our Building and Bike raffles: Bob White won an 8×12 storage building provided by Outback Builders. Tanner B. won the boys’ bicycle. Sabrina Briggs won the girls’ bicycle. For more photos of all the fun we had this year at Big Toy Day, visit us on Facebook!

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Lexington BBQ is #1

Lexington was just named the #1 city in the country for BBQ on!  The Davidson County Airport is a great place to fly in to enjoy this fine BBQ. From “One of the best things about barbecue is how different it can be. The city of Lexington, NC, is known for a unique style of flavoring that yields juicy, smoky, sweet meat. With few exceptions, Lexington barbecue is flavored by wood smoke. Another key difference comes with the red, tangy coleslaw that is served with Lexington ‘cue. Yes, Lexington is commonly mentioned among the top barbecue cities in the country, but that’s usually after larger cities. Residents and city officials refer to Lexington as the BBQ Capital of the Nation. Lexington has 14 established barbecue restaurants – 15 if you count Troutman’s in nearby Denton. This gives residents plenty to compare and contrast, and boy do they. Residents here are loyal to their barbecue, and few places across the nation have such loyal customers as the restaurant simply named Lexington Barbecue, also called Lexington No. 1 or The Honey Monk. That’s no joke. Since 1984, Lexington has held an event to celebrate the ‘cue. The Barbecue Festival is held at the end of October, a month local officials have declared, what else, “barbecue month”. Events during this day-long celebration, which brings in more than 150,000 people, include a golf tournament, tennis tournament, 5K run, live music, parade, and of course, a barbecue contest. BBQ restaurant to resident ratio: 1:1,398 Don’t miss: Lexington Barbecue: Opened in 1962. Meat is pit-cooked and comes out tangy. It’s a no frills, where-the-locals-eat kinda place, and it gets crowded. Barbecue Center: This place has been open since 1955. It serves pit-cooked pork barbecue, sandwiches and burgers. Customers rave about the huge banana splits and banana pudding. Speedy’s Barbecue: Run by brothers Roy and Boyd Dunn, this place is known for large portions and vinegar/tomato dip that many patrons pour on their chopped pork.”

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Wounded Warrior Flies

Jesse Fletcher takes flying lesson at Davidson County Airport  from our flight instructor Tom Winnett.  Thank you for your service Jesse! From WFMY News 2 – “Greensboro, NC — Marine Corporal Jesse Fletcher always wanted to learn how to fly. Fletcher wasn’t sure if he would ever get the chance, after losing both legs while serving in Iraq when he stepped on an IED. Some of his friends wanted to make sure that Fletcher got his chance to learn how to soar. His friends bought him a flying lesson and Fletcher’s love of flying took off from there. “Just because you’re an injured person, doesn’t have to mean that you can’t go out and try something. You’re only limited to what your brain will let you do,” says Fletcher.” WFMY News 2  Written by Kelly Heffernan-Tabor

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When Pigs Fly

Fly High Lexington Launches Lexington Style Barbecue Fly-In With Backcountry Barbecue Lexington, NC (November 28, 2011) – Fly High Lexington, a full service FBO at the Davidson County Airport in Lexington, NC has partnered with Backcountry Barbecue to host a series of Fly In Events featuring the city’s famous Lexington Style Barbecue. “Fly High Lexington continues to offer new and unique events for its customers” says, Karel Van Der Linden, Owner and Director of Fly High Lexington. The “When Pigs Fly – Fly In” will take place every Saturday beginning December 10, 2011 from 11am to 2pm. Backcountry Barbecue is known for its 20 oz. sirloin steak and “Q” sandwiches serving pit cooked, pork barbecue sliced and chopped. “My favorite meal is actually the 20 oz. sirloin but the “Qs” and hush puppies are also fantastic” Van Der Linden said. The Lexington style of barbecue (occasionally referred to as Piedmont style) uses a vinegar-based “red” sauce that is seasoned with ketchup, vinegar, and pepper, along with other spices that vary from recipe to recipe. It is most common in the Piedmont (central) and western areas of the state. This style uses only the pork shoulder section of the pig. For visitors who want to extend their barbecue experience try the Lexington Barbecue Legends Tour featuring 8 Lexington restaurants, overnight accommodations and a rental car. Visit, email or call 336-956-7774 for more information.

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AirCare 1 now stationed at county airport

AirCare 1, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s helicopter, is now operating from the Davidson County Airport. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday hosted by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce at the county airport marked the occasion. WFUBMC President Donnie Lambeth, Lexington City Mayor John Walser and Davidson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dr. Max Walser commended the arrangement made between the county and the hospital that led to the local stationing of the helicopter. Click here to read the entire article at…

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County OKs Air Care chopper space

The Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a lease agreement that will put a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Air Care helicopter at the Davidson County Airport. The board will enter into a five-year agreement with Colorado-based Air Methods Corp., who will contract a helicopter to be used by WFUBMC starting Nov. 1. Click here to read the entire article at

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New operator has big plans for county airport

Karel Van Der Linden, Davidson County Airport’s newest operator, welcomed city and county officials Thursday to an open house at the Davidson County Airport. The event, Business After Hours, sponsored by both the Lexington and Thomasville chambers of commerce, provided Van Der Linden and his wife, Mari-Elena Baldwin, a chance to meet with those officials and discuss future plans for the airport. Click to read the entire article at

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