MENTONE — The 11th annual Rotors Over Mentone will be held at the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12, at 210 S Oak St. in Mentone.
Admission and parking are free and food will be available at the concession stand.
The program this year will highlight the Mentone Historical Museum part of the aircraft museum. The program starts at 11 a.m. and the speaker will be Mentone resident Linda Cochran, a member of the museum board. Cochran is regarded by many as the historian of Mentone.
Event organizers are hoping for a large turnout. Due to the COVID pandemic, the museum has struggled this year, according to Tim Croy, president of the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum. There is no fee to visit the museum, but donations to help cover expenses are always appreciated.
Rotors is one way to help promote the museum and show the community exactly what the museum has to offer, according to information provided by organizers.
Anyone who has a love of helicopters or the history of Mentone and is unable to attend the event may send a donation to the Lawrence D. Bell Museum, P. O. Box 411, Mentone IN 46539.
“We have a really good board now that really cares about the museum and wants to see it continue, but we can’t do it without your help,” Croy said. “The museum is a not-for-profit organization, and if you feel it in your heart to help us preserve the history of Mentone, we would really appreciate your financial help and support. If you happen to have a Helicopter and want to fly in, the frequency is 123.025 call sign Bell Operations N 41° 10′ 17″ W 86° 02′ 33.”
American Huey 369 will arrive at 10 a.m. Membership flights on their Huey will be offered for a fee. Gary Cleveland of Cleveland Helicopter Service will be offering rides also for a nominal fee.
Sponsors this year are MPS Egg Farms, Chuck & Lisa Surack and Sweetwater, Mentone Chamber of Commerce, Craig Welding, Horizon, Jahn Luke, Lake City Bank, Hartzler Funeral Services, Anthony Garza Law Office, Kelly Thompson, and Winona Powder Coating.
The event will observe all state health department regulations pertaining to social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to do the same.