Hard to believe but true, I am at the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas.
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
The Amelia Earhart Festival is an annual event that celebrates not only Earhart’s flying career, but also the spirit of adventure she possessed and the determination that took her from Atchison to universal fame and admiration. This year the Festival is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Amelia being the first woman to fly solo, round-trip, across the United States andÂ the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger.
A week ago I had no idea that today I’d be climbing the staircase Amelia once climbed and seeing photos and memorabilia from her life. It was a remarkable experience – surely one of the highlights of this visit. The home isÂ Gothic Revival and overlooks the Missouri River.
In Memory of LadiesLoveTaildraggers – Bethany Root
Last year, Bethany Root, the airport FBO manager at Amelia Earhart Airport at Atchison, and Vlado Lenoch died in an aircraft accident the day after the Amelia Earhart Festival ended. Vlado was flying his P51 named ‘Baby Duck’, Bethany was his passenger.
The International Forest of Friendship -Â a tree for every state and many countries.
The site, with its wide cement walkways set with individual markers, is a tribute to former and current aeronautical achievers. A sign at the entrance reads:
A BICENTENNIAL TRIBUTE FROM
MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL
NINETY-NINES AND THE CITIZENS OF
Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award
At the Festival luncheon on Saturday, July 21, 2018, Jessica Cox will receive this year’s Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award. The award is ten thousand dollars which the recipient must donate to a cause of her choice.
Festival Coordinator Jacque Pregont and Festival Chair Karen Seaberg shared the announcement. â€œOur honoree must demonstrate triumph over adversity, reinforce the image of self-worth and self-confidence in young women, and demonstrate that for any woman, the sky is no longer the limit. We canâ€™t imagine anyone fitting that criteria better than Jessica. Being a pilot is a wonderful additional connection to Amelia.â€