Gail Halvorsen Aviation Education Center
May 08, 2018 12:08PM
The event organizers promoted this “kickoff celebration” with a few posters around town and their Facebook page and they were surprised at the crowd of more than an estimated 1,500 people that turned out. In addition to 97-year-old Gail Halvorsen, his pilot grandson was present, along with Senator Mike Lee, State Representative La Var Christensen, and Spanish Fork Mayor Steve Leifson. Everyone kept their speeches short to get on with the main event of the morning. Gail Halvorsen and Senator Lee went up in a helicopter and in four passes dropped 500 Hershey Bars dangling under small white parachutes for the kids in the crowd. The candy bars landed in the field where the Gail Halvorsen Museum and Aviation Education Center will be built. It was a pretty amazing sight.
Fundraising is not completed and monthly events will continue. If you would like to learn more and contribute to the Gail Halvorsen Aviation Education Center please check out their Facebook page and website, www.thecandybomber.org.