For the first time in more than 25 years, the Angelina County Airport is hosting an air show, the Angelina County Air Fest will be held this Saturday, October 10. Gates open at 9 a.m. and performances begin around 11:30.
Angelina County Air Fest will feature aerial performances, displays, souvenirs, food vendors and more. Each branch of the military will have exhibit areas, and there will be a veteran recognition during the show. Proceeds from the show benefit the Marines Toys for Tots campaign in Angelina and Trinity Counties. Tickets are $10 and discounts will be available for children under the age of 12, seniors and military.
“I’m excited the air show is coming to Angelina County,” said Brian Crews, Angelina County Air Fest organizer. “Air shows are great family events with something for everyone, and ours will be full of world-class aerobatics and some really interesting airplanes, including several restored warbirds. Plus it is supporting a really worthy cause.”
There will be at least a dozen performances throughout the day, including precision formation flying. They even will feature the first mass-produced airliner, a 1928 Ford AT4 TriMotor, as well as a P51 Mustang, a Waco Biplane, and F4U Corsair, and a Russian Mig17.
Some of the pilots scheduled to appear include Adam Baker, Skip Stewart, Jeremy Hold, Randy Henderson, Steve Afeman and Stan Musick. Attendees will be able to get up close, meet the pilots and take photos with the airplanes. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.
“I’m so excited Brian is working so hard to bring this event to Lufkin,” said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Beauro. “We have one of the nicest small airports in Texas, and this is a great way to draw attention to our community and its assets.”
Angelina County Air Fest organizers are seeing sponsors to he;p make the inaugural event a success, and interested businesses and individuals can contact Crews at 936-366-3013 or Watson-Watkins at 936-633-0349. Vendor spaces are also available. Please go to www.visitlufkin.com for more information.