Each Year EAA Chapter 297 hosts three fly-ins honoring the Winter, Spring, and Fall seasons. The fly-ins are held at Stag Air Park (7NC1) located at Aviator Lane, Burgaw, NC.
A variety of aircraft types; both experimental (owner built), and certified (factory built), fly in and are placed on static display for all to view. These displays showcase the skills and the craftsmanship of the pilots, and mechanics that operate them. The aircraft displays are intended to be both educational and inspirational. They are a celebration of flight, general aviation, and the freedoms that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.
The pilot of each aircraft that flies to the event is awarded a "goody bag” featuring traditional Carolina treats such as an “RC Cola and a Moon Pie”. A classic Carolina barbecue (pork and/or chicken) dinner is prepared by Jordan's Chapel and is available for a donation. During the warmer months an ice cream vendor and a DJ have also been featured.
Additionally, several local automobile associations will join the fun and proudly display their antique and foreign cars. They are all well restored and maintained vehicles that are the pride of their owners.
At the Spring and Fall Fly-Ins trophies are awarded for the “Best Aircraft in Show”, the “Farthest Distance Flown”, and the “Best Antique Car”. The best airplane and car are voted on by all the fly-in participants. Chance takers can participate in a 50/50 raffle. (You must be present to win.)
The Winter fly-in is known as the “Chilly Fly-In and Chili Cook-Off”. The fly-in is centered around the competition for the most delicious chili. The chilis are prepared by EAA Chapter 297 members and local chefs, who would like to earn the honor of “Best Chili”. The winner is selected by the fly-in participants. A vote is cast by placing a dollar bill in the preferred chili's ballot box. Voting for more than one chili is encouraged. The winner receives the acclaim of the diners and a “prestigious award”. For a contribution you can enjoy chili along with the traditional fixin’s, along with coffee, soda, sweet tea, “yankee tea, and desserts.
2nd Saturday of February