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: http://lexington-davidson.communitiesinschools.org/?p=851
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!
Lexington was just named the #1 city in the country for BBQ on Livability.com! The Davidson County Airport is a great place to fly in to enjoy this fine BBQ. http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-best-bbq-cities/lexington/nc From Livability.com “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.”
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 http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/234520/327/Wounded-Warrior-Learns-How-To-Fly
From Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County It’s BIG and it’s back again! Big Toy Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Davidson County Airport. We can’t wait to join our friends at Fly High Lexington for a day of food, fun, and, of course, BIG TOYS! http://lexington-davidson.communitiesinschools.org/
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 www.FlyHighLexington.com, email Info@FlyHighLexington.com or call 336-956-7774 for more information.
Dear Karel, Please pass along our thanks to the airplane owners who joined us last week for Big Toy Day 2011! More than 1,500 children and their families came out to the Davidson County Airport to spend the day with us and enjoy all of the wonderful attractions that you and your tenants helped provide for them. Please take great pride in knowing that by donating your time and resources so generously, you helped raise nearly $6,000 for Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. As an affiliate of the nation’s most effective dropout prevention organization, CIS will use this money to sustain mentor programs in 24 schools in Lexington and Davidson County. Because of these programs, over 300 local students now know what it means to have a oneon-one relationship with a caring, supportive adult. The funds raised at Big Toy Day will also be used to support an additional 11,000 students throughout the 2011-2012 school year with school supplies, clothes, eyeglasses, hearing aids and anything else they might need to be successful in school and in life. Once again, we thank all Davidson County Airport tenants for sharing their “big toys” with the community and we hope that each of you will consider joining us again next year. Please call (336) 242-1520 or email email@example.com for more information about Communities In Schools or any of its programs. Sincerely, Ryan Jones Community Resource Coordinator
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Celebration of First Anniversary and a 48% increase in fuel sales for Fly High Lexington, at the Davidson County Airport in Lexington, NC Lexington, NC (August 1, 2011) – August 1, 2011 marks the first anniversary for Fly High Lexington at the Davidson County Airport in Lexington, NC. The past year has seen an increase in fuel sales of 48% compared to the previous year. “We knew coming in that the airport had potential for growth and we are excited to see those results so soon” said Karel Van Der Linden, Owner and Director of Fly High Lexington. The company achieved this increase through a variety of methods including attracting new tenants for the airport and increasing transient Jet A and Avgas customers. Service and facility improvements were also made which included longer operational hours, expansion of the flight school and the addition of a maintenance department under the leadership of the Director of Maintenance, Edward Holland. The FBO also launched a new website www.FlyHighLexington.com and Face book campaign. From December 12, 2010 to July 31, 2011 the website has received 3,500 visits from 709 cities and 38 countries. Moving into its second year the FBO plans to focus its efforts on securing new tenants for its corporate hangars and growing the airport’s transient business even further. Visit www.FlyHighLexington.com, email Info@FlyHighLexington.com or call 336-956-7774 for more information. *********************************** Fly High Lexington serves as FBO (Fixed Base Operator) and Airport Manager for the Davidson County Airport, Lexington, NC. The full service operation includes pilot facilities, catering, crew car, conference room, corporate hangars, maintenance and a flight school. Davidson County Airport features state of the art equipment that includes a newly installed precision instrument landing system, a 5,000 foot runway, 50 T-hangars, 6 corporate hangars, a 12,000 square foot heated community hangar and a 12,000 square foot maintenance hangar. The airport is located in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina and is directly adjacent to Interstate 85, Highway 52 and Business 85.
Save the date for second run of Big Toy Day The second-annual Big Toy Day presented by Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County will take place on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Davidson County Airport. The price of admission will remain the same: Free for children ages 10 and under and $5 for all others. Big Toy Day is a unique and affordable opportunity for Triad families to enjoy food, fun and fellowship while getting a new perspective on a variety of specialty vehicles and large equipment. Last year 1,500 visitors came out to explore more than 40 “big toys,” including planes, tractors, fire trucks, race cars and boats. Available for purchase will be refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. New this year, Communities In Schools will be giving away two brand-new bicycles to one girl and one boy. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. As Communities In Schools’ second-largest fundraising event of the year, proceeds from Big Toy Day help offset the cost of providing much-needed support to the students of our community. In addition to providing mentors to more than 360 students in Lexington and Davidson County, CIS serves over 11,000 students by providing them with basic necessities such as school, hygiene and medical supplies, and connecting them to community resources. Those interested in displaying a “big toy” on Aug. 27 should contact the Communities In Schools office directly. Sponsorships for Big Toy Day 2011 are also available. Please call 336-242-1520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.