Area youngsters may compete for prizes in a balsa airplane toss during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.

The contest will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Jet Air, Inc. hangar at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Members of the Young Professionals of Galesburg, a networking, educational and community service organization, will conduct the event.

Competitors will be divided into three age groups – 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 9 years old, and 10 to 12 years old.

Youngsters who successfully fly their planes from 20 feet away to a spot landing in a 20-inch-in-diameter circle will qualify for a drawing for prizes.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in each age group. The first-place prize is an airplane ride with a parent. Second-place winners will get a 2016 Stearman Fly-In T-shirt. Third-place winners will get 2016 Stearman posters and buttons.

Competitors get to keep their balsa planes after the contest.

The contest is free, and no pre-registration is required.

The children’s contest is part of the Fly-In’s “Stearman Super Saturday
of free entertainment. There is no charge to enter the airport grounds.

The lineup includes:
1:30 pm: The National Stearman Fly-In’s annual formation flying contest.
2:30 pm: Stearman Aerobatics, a demonstration of the airplane’s capabilities, flown by David Brown, Warrenton, VA.
3:00 pm: The Parade of Flight, an airborne history of Stearman aircraft, over Galesburg Municipal Airport.