AIRstravaganza On Tap This Weekend
Southern Illinois Hosts Great Event
The Wright brothers gave birth to civilian flying 99 years ago, when Greenville was growing like mad, boosted by the coal and agruculture in the area. Greenville isn't forgetting that time, hosting a celebration of General aviation at one of Southern Illinois' most active airports. On October 5 and 6, everyone can share in this airport's excitement about flying.
The AIRstravaganza is a celebration of a century of flight and of the Greenville community. That celebration runs in conjunction with Greenville Apple Day, an annual festival in what many describe as true "Norman Rockwell" town. It will include food, music and many displays and activities.
Actually get to fly!
AIRstravaganza will focus on exposing the public to all aspects of general aviation. One of the most popular features will be fly-alongs.
For reasonable prices ranging from $15 to $70 a head, visitors can actually fly along in Cessna 172s, gliders, a classic twin engine Beech 18, a Stearman biplane, a vintage DC-3 airliner in the markings of Ozark Airlines, gyrocopters, and other fascinating aircraft. In addition, visitors to AIRstravaganza can buy raffle tickets for these and other fascinating aircraft rides, including a hot air balloon. [Some aircraft, such as the DC-3, should be pre-booked. Call 618-664-0926 for information.]
All sorts of aircraft; lots of homebuilts...
A number of other aircraft will be on display at AIRstravaganza, including experimental, homebuilt, military, classic and general aviation aircraft. Throughout both days, parachute jumpers from the Greater St. Louis Parachute Club will be doing solo and combined jumps.
This year, for the first time, AIRstravaganza will include an automobile show sponsored by Laidlaw Transportation. The show, which will take place on Sunday, will include custom and classic cars of all vintages. More than 150 cars are expected. Saturday, show participants will rally to AIRstravaganza, so you can expect to see extraordinary cars both days.
Laidlaw Transportation will be providing busses back and forth into Greenville both Saturday and Sunday.
AIRstravaganza parking is free and there is no admission fee. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Childrens' Miracle Network.
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