PLAINVILLE - Robertson Airport has perhaps never seen so many wide-eyed children admiring all the airplanes and helicopters landing and taking off as it did on a sunny Saturday afternoon during the sixth annual Wings and Wheels Festival.
“We had people coming in steady since 9:30 a.m.,” Kris Dargenio, who does marketing and advertising for the festival, said in the late morning.
Dargenio said organizers were hoping to break a record and take in more than $30,000 Saturday, a feat that was only possible because of the nice weather. Last year, Wings and Wheels took in about $15,000 despite a rainy, dreary day.
The festival is sponsored by Interstate Aviation, Bristol Auto Club and the Plainville Fire Company. The proceeds benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry and the Petit Family Foundation.
Dana Rouleau, a member of the Bristol Auto Club, said he does about three car shows a week, but the Wings and Wheels Festival is one of his favorites.
“Oh, I love this one,” Rouleau said, standing aside his 1992 Corvette. “This is (the) third or fourth year I’ve done it.”
Rouleau’s girlfriend, Kate McLoughlin, said she particularly enjoyed the variety of Plainville’s festival, as it has a number of different cars, as well as helicopters and airplanes.
“I like watching them go up and down,” McLoughlin said, adding that she wouldn’t dare take a ride in one. “I think it’s definitely an attraction.”
Bristol resident Donna Green brought her grandson, 6-year-old Jameson Probulis, after having to leave the festival early last year because of the rain.
“He’s into the airplanes,” Green said. “He loves them.”
“I bought him a plane ride, not for today, but for another day. It’s a great birthday present and it wasn’t that expensive.”
Nancy Streeter also brought her grandson, Jaxson DiPietro, 2-and-a-half. She said she sporadically comes to Wings and Wheels, but doesn’t attend every year.
“He loves it,” Streeter said of DiPietro. “He loved the Life Star helicopter.”
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