SKYMAC To Bring National Events To Town

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"They're expecting to bring pilots from across the country that fly these model jets and since they have the facility out on Graham Avenue and with some funding from us their gonna be able to apply that to extending the runway," says Vicki Fitch, the executive director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

Right now, the runway for the SKYMAC is only 500 feet and in order to get the national events here, the Visitors Bureau is providing the club with additional funding to lengthen the runway.

"They need to extend their runway by 300 feet and make it an 800 foot runway in order to have these national events. The jets need a certain amount of space to land in and this will make the project feasible for these national events to occur."

The club hopes several-day events will provide extra revenue for the city.

"Multi-day events have a way of making a great tourism economic impact because people come in; they stay in the hotels; they eat in the restaurants; they shop in the shops; and it all just adds up into dollars for Bowling Green.

According to Fitch, the city expects to make at least half-a-million dollars from the 3 events and are looking to add more to the schedule in 2007.

The club is also expected to rent out their field to other model clubs in and outside of the Bowling Green city limits.

The new events will take place during the summer.


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