Look to the skies

Published 9:34 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

After being battered by a hurricane for four days or so, folks in Suffolk can be forgiven if they don’t have much desire to spend any more time looking to the skies today.

But here’s a tip: There’s an event coming this weekend that could make you want to look up once again. The annual Toys for Tots fundraiser for the Hampton Roads Radio Control Club promises to be an event that will have you turning your eyes to the skies once again.

The annual “Fun Fly” offers members of the organization a chance to show non-members the kinds of things they do in a remote field in Chuckatuck. But more importantly, the event serves as a kickoff for the Suffolk Toys for Tots toy drive. Now in its sixth year, the Fun Fly should be bigger than ever, with dozens of pilots from around the area showing off their remote-controlled aircraft, competing in mid-air “battles” and races and even giving novices a chance to take the controls to see what it’s like.

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There will be food and beverages, there will be candy drops, and there will be plenty of reason to celebrate, plenty of excitement to share and plenty of shiny, fast airplanes to attract children of all ages. And if the weather cooperates, organizers expect a flyover by a World War I or II airplane, courtesy of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Radio Control Club’s Lone Star Lakes field on Pembroke Lane. There is no entry fee for visitors, but organizers are asking people to bring a toy or a donation to help the Toys for Tots cause.

With the news media fixated on Frankenstorm and the elections, by Saturday, when the Fun Fly is set for take-off, most folks will be ready for a break from the television. There promises to be no better place in Suffolk to get that break.