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South Carolina Breakfast Club

As there’s no B’fast scheduled this month, I’d like to invite (as much as it’s my place to) everyone to attend a b’fast on Sunday, December the 18th. The South Carolina Breakfast Club was created in 1938 when three airplanes flew from Winnsboro to Orangeburg to meet others for b’fast. That began the worlds largest flying club, continuing since, except for a short time during WWII when fuel was rationed. This is scheduled every two-weeks at an airport, somewhere in the state of SC, or it’s adjoining states. Attendance will depend on weather, as most will fly in and I’ve seen over a hundred aircraft on the field. Pilots come from all over and you never know what you’ll see.

The current President, Gerald Ballard of Ballard Truck and Tire on Gordon Highway, has a hanger (with 9 airplanes on my last count) on the Twin Lakes airport in Trenton, SC, and holds the Christmas b’fast in the hanger. Cost will vary, but usually is $7 each (cash only) for a southern b’fast of eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuit and coffee – sometimes fruit, juice or other, and is served in-line.

Toys for Tots is usually collected if you want to bring something (optional).

The address is 151 Cessna Dr., Trenton, SC, 29847 (GPS 33.646986 N by 81.861758 W). From I-20 at exit 11, take Bettis Academy Road, north for three miles, turn left onto Ballard Drive and look for the large hanger on the right (there’ll be lots of cars), and follow others into the hanger. For those that have attended our b’fast at the Airport Grill, it’s just before that location. Serving time is 9 AM and the line will form beforehand. Around 10:30 (or when everyone is served), Gerald will begin his welcome and stories of just about anything, offer a gift to the one that flew the farthest to and more.

They also hold a raffle, that for a $1 ticket, the winner gets the cash pot. In my 30+ yeas of attending, I’ve held the number before and the number after; but never the winning number. Dress is casual. Rita and I have attended many pf these in our years of flying, and as I sold my airplane last year, plan to drive to this one. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.


3 comments to South Carolina Breakfast Club

  • Larry – Want to arrange a meet and time at a spot on the way? This way anyone in the Club who might like to attend won’t feel so out of place arriving in our mere two dimensional planes. 🙂

  • Victor Yu

    Sounds like a great idea and we can all drive there in our Miatas, so we get our monthly “drive” also. What do you all say?

  • Larry Garner

    Due to low ceilings and the threat of some rain in the area, no pilots with their aircraft attempted to make the trip. Thanks to the 8 Miata’s that did and others that made the trip by auto, there was a fair turn-out of about 45. I hope all the club members that did attend enjoyed the b’fast and visit to this event. Those that did, find that they are now ‘life-time-members’ of the SCBC and are invited to future gatherings. Go to the Facebook page to see a few of the pictures taken; the video will be posted when editing is complete.

    For the last three times, this location/schedule has been plagued with bad weather and Gerald is saying that will not schedule another around this date and look at another time of year.

    The next one just happens to be at the Aiken Airport on January 8th, weather permitting.