Geneseo Train, Plane, Auto event recalls Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack

The Geneseo Firefighters Association will host a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday, Sept. 10, in conjunction with the annual Trains, Planes, & Automobiles celebration, Sept. 8-10, in Geneseo.  The event will be held at the bleachers on the Bob Reade Football Field in Geneseo.  From left, Volunteer Firemen Brandon Morse and Dustin Minnaert;  Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce;  and Volunteer Fireman Chad DeFauw.

The Trains, Planes & Automobiles event is an annual celebration in Geneseo and for the second year will include a remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

Each year the TPA event offers something for all ages, from period aircraft overhead, antique cars lining the downtown streets and tours of the canal to activities for the younger set.

“Trains, Planes & Automobiles” (TPA) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-10, is sponsored by the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce. For information, call the Chamber, 309-944-2686.

Festivities get underway Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Geneseo Airport pilots host the annual National Stearman Fly-In. Public can experience the sights and sounds of the World War II Stearman Bi-Planes land and take off from 11 am to 2 pm at the Gen-Air Park, east of Geneseo on US Route 6. It is requested that there be “absolutely no pets at the airport.”

The trip to the Geneseo Airport is part of the National Stearman Fly-In celebration that takes place each year in Galesburg.

The Gen-Air Park Airport is located east of Geneseo on US Route 6.

The aerial photo was taken by Scott Johnson of Geneseo at the 2021 Stearman Fly-In at the Geneseo Airport which is part of the annual Trains, Planes & Automobiles celebration in Geneseo.

The fall event also features “Cruise the Canal,” tours of the historic Hennepin Canal on Friday, Sept. 9.

Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber, said, “The tours started at Trains, Planes & Automobiles a few years ago and are a popular annual attraction along the Hennepin m Canal. They are a great asset to the weekend activities, and give people an opportunity to see and hear all the Hennepin has to offer, along with facts about the history of the canal.”

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