Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Barnstorming Carnival is coming to the Springfield Beckley Airport July 19th and 20th. Admission is free! Experience the golden age of aviation from the 1920's, 30's, and 40's. "This first-time event will have activities for the entire family to enioy," stated Dewey Davenport, event organizer and owner and operator of Goodfolk & O'Tymes Biplane Rides. " Our main attractions will be a display of antique aircraft, barnstorming pilots offering antique biplane rides, a custom and antique car cruise in, kids bounce house, rocket building workshop for kids, model airplanes demostrations, airplane rides, food, and an outdoor movie at Young's Dairy."
The Barnstorming Carnival is your opportunity to come and see a part of aviation that has been lost in the history books, one of the most influential eras in the growth of aviation. Pilots known as barnstormers would travel around the countryside offering biplane rides to the masses. Davenport, a modern day barnstormer, will be offer rides in his pristine 1929 Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000. Jim Hammond, Yellow Springs, Ohio, will have his 1931 Stinson Detroit flying over head and on display for everyone to see. Many other antique aircraft will be flying around the airport and will be on display all weekend long.
"I cannot take total credit for this being my idea" Davenport said. "Andrew King, also known as Sky King, from Culpepper Virginia, is a antique aircraft guru and barnstorming pilot, started a similar event some fifteen years ago in a hay field in Winchester Indiana with a couple friends and some antique airplanes. " A documentary film about the event called "Barnstorming" was released a few years ago and will be shown at Young's Dairy on Saturday evening, July 19 at 8:30 . King is definitely on board with the Springfield Airport Barnstorming Carnival stop because he loves ice cream from Young's Dairy. Young's Jersey Dairy is only 2.5 miles away from the airport's entrance. "How cool can it be to watch a outdoor aviation movie and eat delicious ice cream," said Davenport.
Springfield Airport manager, Mick Lecocq, and Springfield Assistant City Manager, Tom Franzen, are very excited about hosting the Barnstorming Carnival event. "This is our way to show the community what is happening at the airport," Lecocq said. Lecocq and Davenport invited every company conducting business on the Springfield Airport to a meeting about the purposed event. "Every company has suported the event to some extent," Davenport said. Champion City Aviation is hosting the Saturday morning pancake breakfast (8:00-11:00) and airplane rides, Spectra Jet and S Jet will have a Lear Jet on display, Select Tech will have their state of the art drones on display and will host other activities, Ali Industries contributed because they want to support the growth of aviation in the community, and the Clark County CVB has helped in a number of ways.
The event starts Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast and biplane rides at 8:00 am, and continue until dark. For more information about the Barnstorming Carnival and biplane rides visit our website at www.barnstormingcarnival.com or call Dewey Davenport 937-877-0837