50th Anniversary Celebration plans for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

 By Tara M Hernandez


Grand Rapids, Mich. – On November 23, 1963, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport opened at its current location. To commemorate 50 years of serving West Michigan, the airport will hold a 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, November 25th, 2013.


The celebration will run from 1-3pm and is open to the public. It will include cupcakes, popcorn, beverages and ‘spin to win’ airport giveaways. Passengers and guests will also have the chance to enter two contests. A social media contest will feature a car detail package courtesy of Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing LLC & Standard Parking. In addition, guests and passengers in attendance on November 25th can enter a free parking contest. Five lucky people will win five free days of airport parking.


“Fifty years of service at our airport says a lot about the support from the West Michigan community and what better way to celebrate than to give back and share our anniversary with passengers and guests,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.


“We are thankful to have such loyal passengers, and this is just one of the ways we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.”


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan and will continue to observe its anniversary throughout 2014 with other special giveaways, celebrations and surprises. GFIA will also unveil a 50th Anniversary commemorative logo on Monday, November 25th. The logo will be used to celebrate the anniversary until November 23, 2014.


Media is welcome to attend the 50th Anniversary celebration. Please contact Tara Hernandez to arrange for interviews and photo/video opportunities.


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