Bakery planning events at airport

JOHNSTOWN – Grandma Millie’s Bakery & Cafe wants to use the Fulton County Airport for several events this year.

The privately owned bakery, which is on the grounds of the Route 67 airport, was approved earlier this year by the Board of Supervisors to conduct pancake breakfasts between May and October. Supervisors also granted the bakery’s request to conduct a music concert featuring Walt Wilkins and the Mytiqueros Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at a tent at the airport.

Grandma Millie’s last week also gained preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee to use the airport for two other reasons this year. The full board will make final decisions on the latest applications May 12.

The bakery wants to hold a “Barbecue Fest” or “Barbecue Wars” event. Owner Chauncey McCormick said Friday the event – a fundraiser for the Regional Animal Shelter – was tentatively scheduled for June 1 at the airport.

“As far as the possible barbecue on June 1, we’re animal lovers and we want to help out the animal shelter,” Grandma Millie’s chef Jason McCormick said Friday. “People forget the airport is here.”

Grandma Millie’s fourth event of the year will be a flea market scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the airport.

Chauncey McCormick said she got the idea for the flea market from similar events done at the Stormville Airport in East Fishkill in Dutchess County.

She said she wants to do “more promotion” at the Fulton County Airport to help her business as well as make the local aviation facility more recognizable to the community. She said there are no other events planned.

In her application for the Barbecue Fest or Barbecue Wars event, McCormick noted the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department and the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Service will be on the site. No holes or pits will be dug into the ground, and all fire sources will be contained in grills or smokers. All fires will be distinguished by 7 p.m. on the day of the event.

No alcohol will be allowed, and all barbecue participants will have their own working fire extinguishers at each space. Each team of participants will provide an insurance policy of $1 million liability to participate. The only animals permitted will be those from the animal shelter.

For the flea market, Grandma Millie’s says vendors will set up on the grounds and sell to the general public. Cleanup will be done by the vendors and bakery staff.

The bakery was the subject of an episode of the TLC show “Bakery Boss,” which was filmed in October but has not aired or been scheduled.