St. Nick arrives in style

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Santa arrived at Shelbyville airport aboard a Beechcraft Baron on Dec. 6. Dr. David Barnes gave Santa a lift so the reindeer could rest up for Christmas Eve.
T-G Photo by Amy Todd

Rudolph had the day off and Santa still had lots of children to visit so he flew into the Shelbyville airport Saturday on a twin engine Beechcraft Baron, flown by Dr. David Barnes.

Prior to Santa's landing, his elves, Jonathan Lundberg and Matt Matthews flew in on a Super Decathalon and greeted the large crowd of families.

"It's a beautiful day to fly today," airport director Paul Perry said. "With the weather forecasted to act up on Sunday we couldn't be more grateful for the weather during this event." Santa has been flying into Shelbyville for three years and it has become quite the spectacle.

Record crowd

"We had a record turnout this year," Perry said. "There has always been a great turnout and we plan to continue making it bigger and better for years to come."

It was a chilly day with a little wind, but the sun was shining and there were several folks of all ages there to tell Santa their last minute wishes. The kids sure did seem to enjoy themselves. We have a wonderful utility here at the airport for our community and love to keep people involved with what we are doing."

Santa gave candy canes to the kids and hot chocolate was served as well as finger foods donated by local organizations.

EAA gathers

The local EAA Experimental Aircraft Association chapter holds its monthly fly-in on the fourth Saturday of each month at the airport..Often 50 to 60 planes fly in and have a day of fellowship with surrounding chapters. It is open to the public

"It's like a car show for planes, Perry said, "It's pretty awesome." For more information on events at Shelbyville Municipal Airport, you can contact the director Paul Perry at 931-684-1669, or check out their website at