Take to the Skies AirFest

Take to the Skies AirFest

Take to the Skies AirFest Debuts Flash Fire Jet Truck & US Military in Durant, OK April 16!

Get ready for big Smoke and Thunder as the Flash Fire Jet Truck makes its debut performance at Take to the Skies AirFest in Durant, Oklahoma, Saturday April 16th.  Also new this year is the participation of our US Military with aircraft from the US Air Force and Oklahoma Army National Guard.

Get set for the Flash Fire Jet Truck with its fire breathing, jaw dropping 12,000 horsepower jet engine and speed exceeding 350 mph, going from 0-60mph in just over one second!  Be amazed by the amount of flame, smoke, noise, and SPEED of this awesome Jet Truck which will actually race an airplane giving it a 150 mph head start and pass it like it’s stopped!  The Flash Fire Chevy Jet Truck is sponsored in Durant by Stuteville Chevrolet.  https://youtu.be/0tzXN54arXY

For the first time this year the U.S. Military will participate in Take to the Skies AirFest with active duty aircraft.  The US Air Force will bring a T-6 from Randolph AFB and the Oklahoma Army National Guard will bring its UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

Mark your calendars for April 16th as Take to the Skies AirFest, the largest Air Show in southern Oklahoma and North Texas returns with an edge of the seat exciting Air Show and family festival to Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field. Presented by the Choctaw Casino Resort, the AirFest promises to provide something for everyone in an action packed day of fun for the entire family! Gates open at 10am and the Air Show begins at 2pm with a variety of aircraft performing dramatic flights and aerobatic performances, edge of your seat excitement for all!  Mike “Spanky” Gallaway, announcer for the famous Red Bull Air Races and other prestigious events will have you jumping in excitement as he announces the show and he flies too!  We are thrilled to bring back Randy Ball’s MiG-17 jet…feel that afterburner as he flies ground level in front of your eyes!  The Trojan Phlyers Demo Team with their astounding warbird close formation aerobatics that will keep your heart pounding piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots demonstrating the flying expertise acquired in formal military training, the Trojan Phlyers demonstrate high speed action with the roar of the big engines as they fly their historic aircraft rich in military history in a unique and thrilling performance and salute the veterans or our great nation and the men and women who continue to serve and protect us today.  Blue Skies Parachute team will open the show and kick off a great line up of performers. Also new this year will be the WWII bombers and fighters including the famous P-51 Mustang, B-25, C-7 Caribou, O-2 and more from Cavanaugh Flight Museum and you can fly in them too!  The 9 ship Falcon Flight formation team, Aviatrix extraordinaire Kate Kyer, Oklahoma’s own Randy Harris…this is just a sampling of our performers.

Before and after the air show you will be entertained with a variety of aircraft including active military and warbirds in static displays.  See the Jet Truck up close and meet famous driver Neal Darnell.  Flights for the public will be available throughout the day in helicopters and historic warbirds.  Don’t stay on the ground, break the bonds of earth and go fly! Visit concessions of delicious foods, exhibits and booths.  The Kids’ Area has a variety of attractions for different ages. There are many activities for all ages and Choctaw Nation cultural activities. So much to see and do!

“Shutik Isht Ia” is the Choctaw translation for “Take to the Skies”! Debby Standefer, President of the Take to the Skies AirFest, stated “we are really excited about this year’s show!”  This will be the first Air Show of the season in Oklahoma and North Texas.  Actually, this is not just an event; it is an experience that will affect all of your senses with something to offer every age. “We are thrilled to bring new performers every year, proud to honor our military and to celebrate the Choctaw Nation.”  Opening Ceremonies at the start of the air show will be action packed including Choctaw stories, dancers and singers, honor guard, flybys, skydivers and more!  Bring the entire family!

“The attendance this event garners not only locally, but from spectators throughout the state, Lake Texoma, North and East Texas and Dallas gives us the ability to showcase and promote the growing airport and the wonderful city of Durant while at the same time becoming an important revenue source for the city through lodging, retail and food sales in town through the weekend.  We are proud to have the support and work with the great Choctaw Nation and the Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field, the City of Durant and SOSU,” Debby Standefer said.

Online discounted tickets are now available for the festival at only $8 for 13 and up, $4 kids 6-12, Seniors 65+ and military with ID. Kids under 5 free.  Family packages and upgrades are also available. Get them now at their best price! Truly an experience and one you won’t soon forget, the Take to the Skies AirFest will take off Saturday April 16th 10am to 6pm.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there!  For more information please visit our website, http://www.taketotheskiesairfest.com and follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

Fall in Texoma

If you are in Texoma in the fall, there is a festival near you!

Main Street Fall FestivalIf it is fall in North Texas there is a festival, fair, art tour, and carnival close by as the communities surrounding Lake Texoma celebrate their heritage with uniquely themed events.  From September thru November, Saturdays are dedicated to fair food, strolls along Main Street America, benefit golf tournaments, air shows and fundraising events that are just too much fun!

The National Aerobatic Championships are held in September at the North Texas Regional Airport at Perrin Field, so the clear blue autumn skies of Texoma will be alive with airplanes looping and diving as pilots show off their skills at this judged event.

US Nationals Aerobatics Championship

Celina and Gainesville light up the skies in early September with Hot Air Balloon Festivals featuring live entertainment, helicopter rides, balloon rides, and fun for kids of all ages. Ivanhoe, home of Homestead Winery, holds its Wine and Music Festival in late September.

Later in the month The Sherman Municipal Lawn turns into a glorious hub of activity for this annual welcome to autumn. “Autumn Arts Fest” begins with a 5K, 10K and Fun Run and Pancake breakfast, and then a day of festivities for all ages begins! Art Shows, theatre productions, Museum tours, youth activities, and continual live entertainment fill the downtown Sherman area. Up to 100 Arts & Crafts and food vendors fill the Sherman Municipal lawn. The festival ends with a concert.

Speaking of fall events, put these two on your “must do list” – The Blue Ribbon Ball, held at the Mayor Arena at Loy Lake Park in Denison benefits the Ag programs in Grayson County and the Boot Scootin Ball, held at the Bar K R Ranch in Pottsboro is the major fundraiser for the Pottsboro Volunteer Emergency Services.  These are diamond and denim events that offer live entertainment, dinner, auctions and dancing.  Order tickets early these sell out quickly!

Every county in the area has a Fair with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock shows, tractor pulls, live music, beauty pageants, and all kinds of contest for homemade foods, arts and crafts. In addition to the Autumn and Arts Festival, Sherman celebrates the season with the Stroll, a wine tasting and Best Bites of Texoma competition in the historic area of downtown.  The evening winds up with a blues concert.

In October The Whitesboro Peanut Festival is a crowd favorite – winning the Best of Texoma Award for several years.  Denison’s Main Street Fall Festival, Eisenhower Birthday Celebration and. “I Like Ike” 5K/Fun Run, and the Pottsboro Frontier Days offer tons of festival food, vendor booths and carnivals.  If you love gardening in the fall the Grayson County Master Gardeners Fall Home Show at Loy Lake Park is a must do!  Neil Sperry is often the keynote speaker.

Dia de Los Muertos PuppetsThe whole season wraps up with Denison’s Fall Art Walk, a two day event held on the first weekend of November. Celebrating the Holiday of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead through a wide variety of Gallery Exhibits, live Art Demonstrations, Parades, Live Music, a bustling Mercado, International Foods and Beverages and events for all ages and interests!

For dates, times, locations and event schedules check out the Events Calendar.