Sir Oliver Szukala, 3, takes a spin in a P-51 Mustang peddle plane. (Photo by Aaron Ricca)
Kingman

A Good Start to Easter Celebrations at Kingman Airport Cafe

Sir Oliver Szukala, 3, takes a spin in a P-51 Mustang peddle plane. (Photo by Aaron Ricca)

KINGMAN – There was a small but cheerful turnout of people Saturday morning at the Kingman Airport Café’s first Easter Egg hunt.

Roughly 30 adults and kids showed up to search for eggs, play games and win prizes over the course of two hours.  

Kingman Airport Café Captain (Manager) and chef Aimei Wagaman organized the party to coincide with a special Easter menu.   

“If it makes their day, it makes my day,” she said of the easily manageable crowd of families wandering amongst the lawn behind the terminal.

The Rooks family was part of that crowd.

“I have an emotional attachment to the café,” said Jennifer, the mother, whose family used to bring her out to watch airplanes take off and land.

Paul Gaines from Alpha-Zulu Composites and Tim Gerlach of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 765 parked an assortment of modern and vintage aircraft nearby. Gerlach showed off a replica World War 1 Nieuport fighter he’s been building and plans to fly soon. He also brought a small P-51 Mustang pedal plane that kids could ride like a tricycle but became frustrated by the shoddy dynamics of the online purchase.

“I think next year I’ll just build my own,” Gerlach said.

What started as rough, windy morning turned into a warm, sunny calm by noon.  

“We had a few tarps blow over during the wind,” Wagaman said. “I’ll consider a contingency plan in the event of bad weather next year.”