'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' come to Centerville

A special celebration was taking place in one Heartland community.

Planes were soaring, trains were chugging, and classic automobiles were on display as part of the 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles celebration on Saturday in Centerville. Visitors that made the trip out to the Centerville Municipal Airport had the chance to fly over Iowa's largest town square and Iowa's largest lake.

"We are having some flights, we have several aircraft. We have five airplanes that we've been flying, and they've been in and out all day. We've got about 100 rides so far today," said Tony Kury, of the 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' event.

While at the airport, those visitors also had the chance to learn about the different planes that were used.

"It's a lot of fun, gets people excited about flying and having fun with airplanes," added Kury.

The plane rides were something that people of all ages were able to enjoy.

"Kids have just been smiling ear to ear the whole time," said Kury.

Other rides were also taking place across Centerville during the afternoon. Train lovers had the chance to take a scenic rail car ride through Southern Iowa.

"We invited the North American Rail Car Association to come down with cars, and they are giving rides on the Appanoose Community County Railroad," said Mike Thomas, of the 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' event.

Riders were able to learn about the railroad as well as the history of the area.

"It's a beautiful ride, it goes out across the Chariton River. It's a very beautiful ride," added Thomas.

When not riding in the rail car or experiencing a thrill in the air, visitors were also able to stroll around the Historic Courthouse Square District and see many classic automobiles. There, prizes were awarded that included best in show, most unusual paint job, and best use of color. Those that helped put the event together are already looking forward to the 2015 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' celebration.