Sixth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals set for next weekend

PICKENS — On Saturday, April 18, the Keowee Flyers, the Pickens County Pilot’s Association and Pickens County Meals on Wheels will host the sixth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals event at the Pickens County Airport.

Admission for the event, which will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will be $10 per vehicle at the entrance to the airport. All proceeds from the event will go to fund the critical services provided by Meals on Wheels.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of beautiful Pickens County when they climb into the cockpit of a fixed-wing plane or helicopter for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They will also be able to see one of the best car shows in the Upstate, with more than 100 vehicles on display at the Custom and Classic Car Show.

“The Pickens County Airport is a wonderful place to learn to fly,” said Ross Russo, principal owner of Keowee Flyers flight school. “This year we are excited to offer the opportunity for event-goers to experience the thrill of flying the plane of their choice — a 747, an F4 fighter jet or a space shuttle — with our state-of-the-art flight simulator.”

Between admiring cars and airplane rides, attendees can enjoy lunch or a snack from Bates Masonic Lodge and Yoder’s of Meece Mill and watch the Pickens County Rescue Squad demonstrate how it gets crash victims out of a wrecked car using the hydraulic Jaws of Life.

“Every year, we are encouraged by the support of the community,” Pickens County Airport director Skeets Cooper said. “We welcome everyone to fly-in or cruise-in and enjoy the beautiful Pickens County Airport.”

Participating organizations, such as Pickens County Pilot’s Association, the Rescue Squad, the Scuba Dive Team, Liberty Police Department, Explorers from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Raptor RC Club donate their time and equipment and time to support Meals on Wheels.

This year’s fundraising goal is to raise $13,500 to support one of the 22 Meals on Wheels routes for an entire year. Currently, Meals on Wheels serves more than 310 individuals in communities across Pickens County each weekday, providing homebound elderly and disabled individuals with a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a safety check that helps them live independently in their own homes. Last year, the organization delivered a total of 60,381 meals, the most in its history.

“This event would not be possible without the help and hard work of our sponsors and volunteers,” Pickens County Meals on Wheels executive director Meta Bowers said. “It is a great event because it involves thousands in our community, demonstrating our willingness to work together to ensure the homebound and elderly are cared, for one meal at a time.”

Pickens County Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization funded completely through grants and donations from individuals, churches, church organizations, businesses, civic groups and the United Way. Meals on Wheels carries out its mission of caring for homebound elderly and disabled individuals thanks to caring volunteers who deliver via 22 routes, serving all communities in Pickens County.

To find out more about Meals on Wheels and the importance of the work it does in Pickens County, visit; call 855-3770 or email