After an early morning light sprinkle over Mariposa most of the clouds cleared away as the 12th Annual Mariposa-Yosemite Airport Open House and Fly-In opened to the public. Along with a flying simulator that proved very popular with the younger crowd there were free airplane rides for the youngsters that wished to become Young Eagles. Vendors were on hand with snow cones, model helicopters, airplane photos and other items that could be purchased. The Mariposa Museum and History Center had a booth that featured some old time antiques. The Mariposa High School Marching Band along with Inky's Basement Band performed for the crowd. The Band Boosters had Tri-Tip Dinners for sale during the day. The California Highway Patrol brought in one their helicopters and airplanes for the days event. Also on the tarmac was a Sikorsky fire fighting helicopter next to a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter. A booth that featured model airplanes also had a remote controlled helicopter that could perform unbelievable stunts while leaving a smoke trail in the sky. Around a dozen cars were all polished up for the car show. This free, annual event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 P.M. at the airport terminal building. For more information call 209) 742-5135.