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Streetwise: The Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration arrives

7:59 PM, Jul. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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As of today, we here at Streetwise have now been in Oshkosh for exactly nine years and 11 months.

During that time, we've had the good fortune to cover international rock stars, a major film shoot, two presidential candidate visits, a Fortune 500 company, a Secretary of Defense visit, an internationally recognized clothier and plenty of other things our counterparts at much larger media outlets would drool over.

But none of it beats the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture. When the aviation world takes a vacation, it comes to Oshkosh and almost every segment of the region benefits from it - to the tune of an estimated $110 million annually.

But the event's significance goes beyond simple dollars and cents. The aviation world has grown to equate Oshkosh with innovation and the pure love of flying that hooked them in the first place. AirVenture and EAA have helped ensure that international recognition of Oshkosh, Wisconsin continues into the 21st century. And that, friends, is something you cannot buy.

And so, while some residents may feel a $110 million economic impact isn't enough to put up with hundreds of thousands of visitors and a week's worth of takeoffs and landings, Streetwise hopes everyone will sit back, relax, say hello to someone they've never met before and join in the world's greatest aviation celebration.

We hope to see you on the flight line.

? One more little plug for AirVenture's intersection with Oshkosh: The Mayor's Breakfast at the Leach Amphitheater, 303 Ceape Ave., on Friday morning, Aug. 2, is a great chance for you to run into some of the great people who visit Oshkosh from around the country and the world. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., $5 will get you breakfast and a chance to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones. If it rains, the breakfast will move into the Oshkosh Convention Center just down the street.

? More than a few of you have noticed that there's work going on in the former Hostess outlet at 814 Knapp St. Sadly, this does not mark the triumphant return of bulk Twinkies to Oshkosh. But it does mean ReMax on the Water will have a new home shortly. The real estate office is renovating the spot and planning a move from its present location in the First National Bank building at North Main Street and Washington Avenue.

? We're pleased to inform you that The Electric Lounge, formerly located in the old Eagles Club building on Washington Avenue, has found a new home at 402 E. Parkway Ave. Owners Tiffany Kunz and Ryan McCrory put a lot of work into the new location and have it looking pretty good inside, so stop by and check it out if you get the chance.

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