Southern Illinois has an assortment of air shows and similar events coming up which draw an enthusiastic crowd. One of the biggest in the area is the air show at Scott Air Force Base, interrupted for a few years by commitments in the Middle East, but now back on track with its annual shows. Another big event is the Centralia Balloon Fest. Check these and other late-summer and fall aviation events out with this schedule.
Aug 21-23 Balloon Fest (Marion Co). Numerous hot-air balloons. The annaul event always includes an assortment of special shape balloons. In the past, that has included such balloons as Arky, a Centralia-native shaped like Noah’s Ark complete with animals. Lots of balloon races, evening balloon glows, food, musical entertainment at the main stage, more. At Foundation Park. Centralia. For information go to www.CentraliaBallloonFest.com
Sep 18-19 KR Gathering 2009 (Jefferson Co). A fly-in featuring experimental aircraft homebuilt from plans and kits manufactured by Rand Robinson Engineering. It’s a time for builders and pilots to learn more about the homebuilt KR, share information, take photos to help them in building KRs, and visit with friends. Great opportunity for anyone interested in kit-built aircraft. There should be 10-20 KRs flying-in depending on the weather. At Mt Vernon Outland Airport. Check out the website at http://www.krgathering.org/
Sep 19-20. Scott AFB Air Show 2009 (St Clair Co). A huge event. This year it will headline the Canadian Snowbirds and the Army Golden Knights parachute team. Always includes numerous active duty aircraft and vintage warbirds in fly-bys and on static display. There are also many aviation-related exhibits. Don’t miss the new air park outside the Shiloh Gate. Consult the website for updated information at http://www.scottairshow.com/ which will tip you to specific aircraft, demonstration teams, and other activities and events you can expect as they are signed. Recommended you park at one of the MetroLink train stations, then ride in to the Shiloh Gate stop. Not to be missed. Free admission. Scott Air Force Base near Belleville.
Oct 17. 13th Annual Little Egypt Fly-In and Veterans Reunion (Jefferson Co). At Mt Vernon Outland Airport. The much-anticipated annual event features warbirds and other aircraft with performances overhead as well as many on static display. Aircraft tours, food, souvenirs available. Starts at 9am. Activities throughout the day. Veterans reunion activities in the passenger terminal.
Sep 4-7. Cascade of Colors 2009 (Jackson Co). Southern Illinois Airport. Annual fall hot air balloon event includes music and food. $5 admission for adults. For further information go to http://www.cascadeofcolors.org/ Carbondale-Murphrysboro.