EAA AirVenture leaves an impression on everyone who attends and now attendees can leave a permanent record of their passion for Oshkosh. EAA is selling paving bricks around the newly redone "Brown Arch" that has been the prominent landmark entrance to the main aircraft parking area since just after the event moved to Oshkosh in 1970. In a dedication ceremony on Sunday, EAA President Tom Poberezny said the stone and wood arch, with its generous flower planters, embodies the spirit of camaraderie and community that sets AirVenture apart from other world-class shows like Paris, Farnborough and Dubai.
The brick program is a fundraiser for EAA and inscribed bricks top out at $5,000 for a prime spot in the landing gear or cockpit of the biplane that is depicted in the brick pattern. A quarter share of a brick in the general area is $350. The arch is among a host of site improvements that EAA has been working on since the close of last year's show. New roads (and a new traffic flow through the show), underground services and storm drainage and flush toilets in high-use area throughout the site are among the improvements.