The bounce house is coming back to the annual Rotary Club of Portola Fly-in Pancake Breakfast at Nervino Airport in Beckwourth on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. Photos by Lauren Westmoreland

Rotary fly-in coming in for a landing

The Rotary Club of Portola’s annual Fly-in Pancake Breakfast will be held at Nervino Airport in Beckwourth this Sunday, Sept. 8.

This year’s event promises to be one of the best. There will be live music, a hot air balloon, displays of classic cars and trucks, a bounce house for the little ones, free airplane rides for kids 8 through 17, and of course the Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast.

Airport manager Herb Bishop has been hosting the breakfast in his hangar for many years. “It’s a great event,” Bishop said. “It’s a lot of work to get everything all cleaned up and ready, but it’s all for a good cause. Besides, it gives me an excuse to go through things around here once a year.”

The “good cause” is Rotary community service projects. Essentially, 100 percent of proceeds go straight back into the community.


Last year the funds raised sent three Portola High School juniors to a weeklong youth leadership camp at Grizzly Ranch.

Five eighth-graders were also sponsored to attend a weekend course designed to prepare them to become leaders and role models as they enter ninth grade.

The club also dedicates the funds to an expansive literacy program — providing adults to read to elementary school students, books and facilitators for Rotary’s middle school and high school book clubs, books and dictionaries for students, and teaching important lessons in ethics in our schools.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Portola teamed up with other Rotary clubs in the area in a large matching grant project to rehabilitate the 4-H swine barn at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. This project also upgraded the wiring in the beef barn and painted several of the buildings.

“This Fly-in is our signature fundraiser here in the community,” said Club President Matt Cruse. “All of our 24 members are very engaged in making this year’s Fly-in better than ever.  Attendance is the key to our success.”


“With the Hot Air Balloon, the Young Eagles Program, our bounce house, classic cars on display there really is something for everyone. Also, this year’s raffle is going to be one of our biggest yet, with nearly 20 prizes to raffle off,” Cruse added enthusiastically.

Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Tickets are currently on sale at several local businesses and can be purchased at the door.

Prices are $8 for children under 12, and $12 for adults. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. All first responders attending in uniform eat for free.