The small town of Greenville, Maine, has drawn seaplanes by the score and visitors by the thousands each September for decades, but the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to call off the 2020 International Seaplane Fly-In.
The forty-seventh iteration of the annual gathering on Moosehead Lake will have to wait until 2021, the nonprofit International Seaplane Fly-In Association announced with regret.
“There are just too many variables, most of which are pointing in the wrong direction at the moment,” said SPA Executive Director Steve McCaughey, in the email announcing the bad news. “It is very disappointing as our first trip to Lake Como was such a success and interest was extremely strong for this year's return.”
Since 1973, Greenville’s year-round population of about 1,600 people has welcomed 20,000 visitors and 150 aircraft or more each September. The influx prompted local officials to install a traffic light during the event, and hotels typically fill up.