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Experimental Aircraft Association airshow has special Wausau chapter project

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WSAU) -- The largest annual convention of any kind, anywhere in the world, opens Monday in Oshkosh.

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s “AirVenture” fly-in kicks off its seven day run, and communications director Dick Knapinski says, “We draw about 10,000 airplanes to the region, and about 500,000 in total attendance. At the airport here in Oshkosh, we’ll have as many as 5,000 airplanes on the field at any given time.”

The economic impact to the area is also huge, bringing in around $110-million dollars, year after year. Knapinski added that, “The important thing to remember is that more than 70% of the people that come to the event are from outside Wisconsin, so we’re not just exchanging money with one another. We have a big influx of outside dollars coming into the state.”

This year, the local EAA chapter in Wausau has a special connection to the air show. They just finished building the aircraft that EAA’s founder Paul Poberezny was building when he passed away last August at the age of 91. That plane will be on display at AirVenture this year as part of a tribute to Poberezny. The fly-in runs through August 3rd, and you can go to www.eaa.org/en/airventure for a complete schedule of events.