By STACY MILLBERG

Staff Writer

smillberg@starbeacon.com



DENMARK TOWNSHIP - - Remote control airplane racers from all over the U.S. will make their way to the county this weekend for the 7th Annual Northcoast Challenge, giant large-scale remote control air race.

Races will begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Ashtabula County Airport, and continues through Sunday. Friday and Saturday will feature heat races for a spot in Sunday's gold and silver races, said Bernie Oldenburgh, co-director and announcer.

Northcoast Challenge is the second race of three national air races. The first face was held in Illinois with the finals being held in Parker, Ariz. Individuals compete in the first two races for a spot in the finals.

The Cleveland National Air Show is one of the main sponsors for the event, as well as several national and local sponsors, Oldenburgh said.

Already there are 38 pre-entries for the races. Oldenburgh said the event usually hosts about 50 competitors with close to 100 airplanes on the field.

"They come from all over the country, including Hawaii," he said. "We are hoping the fellow from Australia will be back. We even had someone from France. It is truly a worldwide event."

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