Model airplanes were seen all over the sky during the annual Wilbur Wright Birthplace Festival, which took place over the weekend.
"The Henry County Wright Flyers come every year and fly their planes for everyone most of the day," said festival co-chairman Pat Malott. "They also provide airplanes for the kids to build and fly."
Each year, the children receive small wooden airplanes they get to build on their own. The Flyers help construct them and once they're done, they have a competition to see who's airplane can stay in the air the longest, said Gary Bussell, president of the Henry County Wright Flyers Remote Control Club.
"We've come the last couple years and it's always a lot of fun," said 8 year old Nathaniel Tussaint of New Castle.
There were other events at the festival including food, homemade ice cream, crafts and live entertainment.
Bussell, who has been the club's president for about 20 years, said that the planes have to be extremely accurate when they're in the air. When the planes are up, not only do they have to look like they would have in their respective time periods, but they have to fly like they did back then as well.
"There are 100 points for how the plane looks and up to 100 points for how it flies," Bussell explained. "You can maneuver it [the plane] 10 different times in the air, but it better look like it did when it originally flew."
Some club members are extremely serious about competitions. According to member Richard Rehbert of New Castle, people can spend thousands of dollars recreating the airplanes.
Greg Hahn is one of the people who goes all out with his planes.
"I built this TC665 Sky Raider from scratch. Everything on the plane works like it would have back then, even dropping bombs from the air mid flight because that's what it did in Vietnam," Hahn said.
The planes stopped flying around noon Saturday due to some worry about the wind.
"It only takes about two seconds of lapse judgement to drop a plane and we fly during all sorts of conditions for a competition," Bussell said.
When visitors were done watching the airplanes, they could go and explore all the aspects of the Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum free of charge, which isn't normally the case.
"Free admission to the museum was only for Friday and Saturday. This is not a state-funded museum, so all the money we make each year at the festival off of vendors and our concession stand goes to bills for the entire year," Malott said.
For more information about the museum, or to make a donation, visit www.wwbirthplace.com or call (765) 332-2495.