Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pumpkinfest To Benefit North Country Life Flight

Young Eagle FlightsA lot of festivals happen around the Adirondacks. What sets the North County Life Flight Pumpkinfest apart is that this fundraiser benefits an organization that we all want to have available to us though we hope we will never have to use.

This festival is a pay-as-you-play type of event with plenty of activities for your money. There are easy games of chance, pumpkin decorating, a hayride, touch-a-truck, and face painting. My favorite event is always the cakewalk because it’s truly a walk to win a cake.

Not all activities are geared toward a younger set. There is plenty to do in a beautiful setting even if you feel your family has outgrown some of the activities. There will be a silent auction, vendors, vintage cars, live music, bake sale, and food. Make this the time to pick out the perfect autumn pumpkin. Take a moment to meet the Life Flight crew, the very people that someday may save your life.

For children (8-17) look for the Young Eagles Flight tent for the chance to go up in a Piper Colt plane (weather permitting.) The free flight is part of the Young Eagles Introductory Aviation program. The free program offers an introductory flight with the help of volunteers.

North Country Life Flight has been serving the Adirondacks and beyond since 1989. The not-for-profit air medical rescue service continues to provide air medical service to what they call our “geographically challenging region.”

With specialty emergency care sometimes out of reach, there has never been a greater need in regions like the Adirondacks for air medical transport. Life Flight works in collaboration with local hospitals and emergency services such as fire departments, police, and rescue squads.

Pumpkinfest will take place on September 21, Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Adirondack Regional Airport.  There is a $1 entry donation that directly benefits Life Flight.

There are other ways to contribute to North Country Life Flight. They accept one time and reoccurring donations on their website. Other donation options are Memorial and Honor gifts, Corporate and Estate Planning contributions. I hope you never need their services.

Photo of Young Eagle Flights provided by Diane Chase, 

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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