Gearing up, flying in

An aerial photo taken from a boom truck shows the crowd and variety of vehicles on Birch Avenue in downtown Maple Lake during the Gear-Head Get Together Saturday.

One of the Squid Wheelies stunt riders shows off his one-legged wheelie during one of their three performances.

This parachute powered aircraft was one of many flying objects at the Experimental Aircraft Association 878 Fly-in that took place in conjunction with the Get Together for the first time.

White Sidewalls members Swanee “Uncle” Whitesidewall, Hound Dog “Grandpa” Whitesidewall and Bobby Gino Gambucci rock out to a classic rock ‘n roll hit during their show Saturday afternoon.

A family checks out one of the many rat rods on display at the fourth annual Gear-Head Get Together Saturday in downtown Maple Lake.

Gear-Head Get Together committee members Mary James, Hans Melgaard and Mike Zieska acknowledge each other and point to commitee co-chair Scott Chantland behind them.

Bill Dirnberger and his wife, Donna, haggle with a swapper. Donna is the editor of the Northern Lights magazine of the Minnesota Region Antique Automobile Club of America.

A Chevrolet SS rolls into the Gear-Head Get Together.

This homemade plane, based out of the Buffalo Airport and owned by Bruce Topp, of Maple Grove, was one of two award-winning planes displayed at the EAA Chapter 878 Fly-In, which took place in conjunction with the Gear-Head Get Together for the first time.

Bondo Bob spins vintage vinyl with help from his grandkids.

Squid Wheelie stuntmen show off their skills together.

Swap meet participants take up much of the space between The V by HH and Madigan’s Bar and Grill, as evidenced by this aerial photo taken from a boom truck.

Father John Meyer perches atop an International creeper owned by Get Together Co-Chair John Rivers.

One of the vendors shows off his wares at the inaugural juried craft show that was part of the EAA Chapter 878 Fly-in at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport.

Cheryl Pullins is one of the volunteers who made the Gear-Head Get Together possible. More volunteers will likely be needed for the fifth installment of the event next year.


Saturday was all about gear-heads, with thousands driving in to either show off their mechanical machines or view others, along with those who flew into the Maple Lake Airport. 
For the fourth straight year, the Gear-Head Get Together took over downtown Maple Lake. Planes buzzed overhead as the 28th annual fly in and pork chop dinner – organized by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 878 – took place simultaneously for the first time ever.
Organizers with both events were pleased with the events, which were linked together with a free shuttle throughout the day.
“I got so many compliments it was almost embarrassing,” Get Together Co-Chairman John Rivers said.
“My personal observation was, this year, given the weather, we had increased traffic, whether that was due to the craft show or the shuttle bus bringing people out from the Gear-Head Get Together,” EAA Chapter 878 Secretary Wayne Flury said.
Weather was a mixed bag, especially for aviators, who had to deal with a low cloud ceiling much of the day. Spectators, however, were shielded from direct sunlight thanks to those clouds.
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