FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – The second annual Festival of Flight event is set to kick off this weekend at Wright State University. The purpose of the event is to âhonor the innovative aviation heritageâ of the Miami Valley, and the event will do so by offering a variety of interactive activities.
âWe’re having a world premiere of an aviation documentary by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. It’s at 12:30 pm, âsaid Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations at the university. We are going to have two overflights with planes in formation. We’re going to have a Blackhawk helicopter landing here on the ground with a Humvee. There are going to be practical flight simulators, parachute simulators, live bands, a beer garden.
The event, in conjunction with other aviation-focused organizations, is expected to draw a large crowd that Scharer says the school has already catered for.
âThe parking lot is actually right in front of the festival,â he said. âAnd we have a very large parking lot. It’s between Meijer and Wright State University right next to Colonel Glen. There should be warning signs when you arrive. We are able to handle thousands of cars at once. We will have a parking shuttle, which is actually wheelchair accessible as well, which will take people from the far edges of the parking lot to the festival grounds. “
Since the event takes place outdoors, masks are optional, but disinfection stations will be available in the field. And if you want to eat and drink, Scharer said there will be plenty of options.
âWe’re going to have several food trucks here, we’ll have food vendors – from Chick-fil-A to Kona Ice. Because we’re a Festival of Flight, we’re going to have beer flights that you can buy, and this is provided by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. You can actually see all the different beers on our website [and] on our social networks.
One of the main advantages of the event is that it is free, including parking. Participants will only have to pay for food and drinks. The Festival takes place on Saturday September 25 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here.