GREAT BARRINGTON -- More than 1,300 people attended the Great Barrington Rotary Club & Berkshire Aviation's third annual Bike & Fly at the Great Barrington Airport last weekend.

This year's event drew its largest attendance, according to organizers of the event. Food vendors were so busy, they eventually ran out of some of their offerings.

The fly-in drew planes from all over the Northeast, which were then on display at the airport.

Family-oriented events -- such as a model plane demo, paragliding demo, kids bike race, a 50- and 20-mile bike ride, a climbing wall, helicopter rides, biplane rides, etc. -- also proved popular with people.

This was the first year that Rotary held the bike rides, a route that ran through the rolling countryside of Great Barrington, Egremont, Sheffield, West Stockbridge, Stockbridge and Richmond. More than 100 people participated.

Rotary also partnered with the Olde Yankee Street Rod Club, which put on a a competitive auto show. Another program addition was local folk and bluegrass singer Emily Mure.

The Rotary Club sponsored this event as one of its many ways of raising funds to help support the local community. The Great Barrington clubs main focus is supporting student education.

For more information on this and future Bike & Fly events, contact Richard Stanley, rstan2001@gmail.



com.