ST. CLOUD -- Mother Nature made the sun shine this (Sunday) morning as St. Cloud gathered for the annual Civil Air Patrol Breakfast and Pantowner Classic Auto Exhibit. The Civil Air Patrol has been hosting the event for over 20 years at the St. Cloud Regional airport.

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Second Lieutenant Civil Air Patrol Brooks Ziwicki says, she’s happy to see the excitement on people’s faces and thinks this is also a great way for people to learn about aviation.

“All these organizations have come together to teach people both from the air perspective about flight and aviation. [The organizations are here to] spark interest in young kids and then the car show is just an added addition," says Ziwicki.

Many other organizations made an appearance including the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Right Arrow flight instruction group and the Radio Flyers of St. Cloud.

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The event offered something for all ages, 7th grader Matthew Krueger says he likes both the planes and the cars.

“Well it does say that there is a free airplane ride so probably going to do that," says Krueger.

Although there was no opportunity for people to take the planes out for a flight today, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is hosting a free kid’s airplane ride later on in August.

All the proceeds collected at the event today will go out to benefit the Civil Air Patrol organization.

Today's festivities wrapped up this year's Granite City Days.

--Reporter Rebecca David contributed to this story--

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