By Wesley Coburn - ONN
At a press conference Thursday morning, July 13, Okmulgee Regional Airport, together with the City of Okmulgee and the Okmulgee Area Development Council (OADC), announced that it will be hosting their first-ever air show, called Okmulgee Airfest, on Saturday, September 30.
“This is great for families and for airplane enthusiasts,” Mayor Steve Baldridge said.
The gates will open at 10 a.m., while the air show begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car/plane.
Attractions will include skydivers, stunt flying, and a drag race between a plane and a motorcycle, with possibly some vintage aircraft and military aircraft as well. There will also be inflatables, food trucks and a kids zone.
“I think that this show will be a great way to introduce the next generation to aviation,” said Bruce Force of the Okmulgee Airport Advisory Board. “I really think that we have something for everyone.”
Event partners include the City of Okmulgee, the OADC, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street, First National Bank & Trust, Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSU-IT) and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Additional sponsorships are available.
“I encourage y’all to come,” said Nevyle Cable, president of First National Bank. “It’s gonna be fun and a great afternoon. We just gotta get the word out and hope for good weather.”
More information can be found at www.OkmulgeeAirfest.com.
Photos by Wesley Coburn