AirVenture started as a tiny group of enthusiasts of soapbox aircraft of the type that often graced the covers of the Popular Mechanics type magazines of the day. I doubt that in their wildest expectations those pioneers envisioned the massive oak tree that their seedling has grown into.
Part of the explosion of reach, scope and growth has been through the unfettered initiative of small groups of like-minded individuals who took an idea and ran with it creating a community event and atmosphere so broadly enjoyable and entertaining that thousands of people will spend even thousands of dollars and months of planning to experience year after year.
One small example of the community spirit and experience that makes coming here so collectively wonderful is the daily pancake breakfast at the Camp Scholler EAA Chapter Pavillion hosted by rotating EAA chapters as both a community service and chapter fundraiser.
Great food at a reasonable price and tables shared openly by folks eager to make new friends.
A must visit at least once during the show.