REEDS, Mo. —
Baugh Flight Park will host a fundraiser for Camp Quality Friday and Saturday.
The event, now in its 13th year, features rides, for a fee, in a small two-seat helicopter and also free rides in a hot air balloon.
A number of other planes, crop dusters and parachutes will be available for viewing; some will possibly be available for rides, depending on their individual pilots, organizer Alice Baugh said.
Candy drops, in which pilots will launch candy from their planes during a flyover, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. There will also be a number of food vendors on site, Baugh said.
Admission is a $5 donation for parking.
Proceeds will go to Camp Quality, a national organization with a Missouri Ozarks chapter that serves children with cancer by providing free programs and companionship.
The organization offers a summer camp, fully funded by donors and volunteers, for children with cancer and pairs each camper with a companion who is dedicated to his or her care, according to the group’s website.
Those camps, according to the site, allow children with cancer to be children again and relax in an environment in which they can make new friends, participate in activities and be motivated and encouraged by others.
Baugh said she and her husband became associated with Camp Quality years ago when a family member signed up to be a mentor to a young child with cancer.
“We’ve just stuck with them because they’re doing such good things for the kids,” she said.
Baugh Flight Park, 6079 Incline Road in Reeds, can be reached by heading south on County Road 60 from state Highway 96 east of Carthage, or by driving north on state Highway 37 from Interstate 44 east of Joplin.