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Cruising NWKS: Celebration flies high in Logan





LOGAN -- It was clear Sunday that 11-year-old Allen Conner was fascinated by anything taking to the air.

A remote control fly-in kicked off the 36th annual Labor Day Celebration on Sunday in Logan. It drew dozens of hobbyists, and many spectators, to the top of the hill at the Logan Golf Course just east of town.

Planes and helicopters of all sizes took to the air throughout the day, and spectators like Conner got an up-close look after they came back to the ground.

"This is sweet," Conner said again and again as he walked from plane to plane.

"They're big. I've seen the little ones, but I've never seen these," he said.

The Conner family, from Phillipsburg, attends the Labor Day Celebration most every year, this year bringing their '67 Ford Fairlane for the Dane G. Bales Jr. Memorial Car Show.

"It's just an outing," dad Gary Conner said. "It gives the kids something to do, and there's lots of stuff to see."

The celebration also features a sand volleyball tournament, which drew many teams to compete for prize money and T-shirts.

The celebration is sponsored by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan.

"The Hansens are good to the community of Logan," said Cory Daniels, Logan, as he caught some shade under a tent Sunday as the temperatures rose to near 100.

He said his family enjoys everything about the celebration, which featured entertainment from Denver-based Dueling Pianos and country band Black Diamond on Sunday night.

"We come out to support the community, the vendors," Daniels said. "We just like the camaraderie."