ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Air show buffs will be pleased to learn that the Angelina County Airport is going to host an air show for the first time 25 years.
Angelina County Air Fest, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, will feature aerial performances, displays, souvenirs, food, vendors, and more.
"I'm excited the air show is coming to Angelina County," said Brian Crews, the organizer of Angelina County Air Fest. "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's supporting a very worthy cause."
Gates will open at 9 a.m. on the day of the Angelina Air Fest, and the performances will begin around 11:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau Each branch of the military will have exhibit areas, and area veterans will be recognized at some point during the show.
"I'm so excited. Brian is working so hard to bring this event to Lufkin," said Tara Watson-Watkins, the executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "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."
Proceeds from the air show will benefit the Marines Toys for Tots campaign in Angelina and Trinity counties.
According to the press release, there will be at least a dozen performances throughout the day, including precision formation flying. The performances will include a 1928 Ford AT4 Tri Motor, or "Tin Goose," a P-51 Mustang WWII-era fighter plane, a Waco biplane, an F4U Corsair WWII-era fighter plane, and a Russian MiG-17 fighter jet.
"Some of the pilots scheduled to appear include Adam Baker, Skip Stewart, Jeremy Holt, Randy Henderson, Steve Afeman and Stan Musick," the press release stated. "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."
The press release said organizers of Angelina County Air Fest are seeking sponsors to help make the inaugural event a success. Interested businesses and individuals can contact Crews at (936) 366-3013 or Watson-Watkins at (936) 633-0349. Vendor spaces are also available.
For more information, visit the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau Website.