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Soaring contest draws 20 glider pilots from around the country

Twenty glider pilots from around the country are taking part in a low-performance soaring contest this week at the Sunflower Glider Port near Yoder.

The pilots of the vintage planes compete daily through Sunday. The race began on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The pilots line their planes up on the runway between noon and 2 p.m. to begin their daily competition, returning between about 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Each day they are given a different route. Thursday, for example, they flew from the glider port to Anthony and Arlington before returning to the home base, said Lyn Boone, one of the organizers.

The public is invite to come out and watch the event.

The glider port is located one mile south and one mile west of Yoder off of Red Rock Road next to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.