People who attend this year’s Airport Awareness Day event at North Vernon Municipal Airport will have another reason to keep their eyes on the sky.
An aerobatics show has been added to the lineup of offerings at Saturday’s annual event. The show is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“We have added some more activities this year, and we have had more help from the community. So it’s going to be bigger and better than ever,” event spokesperson Corey Harper said.
“This stunt show will be put on by Robinson Aerobatics, which is the same group that does Thunder Over Louisville. This is a big deal and, thanks to our sponsors, it is free for everyone,” Harper added.
Activities on the tarmac will include a static aircraft display at one end of the airport, and a classic car and truck show on the other end.
Members of St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, North Vernon Police Department, North Vernon Fire Department and ambulance crews will perform demonstrations of what the agencies do, Harper said.
The Bartholomew County RC Fliers will demonstrate remote-controlled miniature aircraft during the aerobatics show, and the Jennings County ham radio operators will help with communications
during the aerobatics show and have booths for people to visit, Harper said.
Bouncy houses will be available for children. Bethel United Methodist Church will serve both breakfast and lunch as a fundraiser for youth activities.
“The only thing you will have to pay for are food and the airplane rides, Harper said.
Scenic and thrill airplane rides will be available for a cost. The OVO Club, a local organization of pilots dedicated to improvements at the airport, will offer scenic rides for $25 for adults and $10 for children. Clifford Robinson will offer thrill rides for about $100 per person.
The Rotary Club will conduct a 5K walk/run. The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. and will follow a trail around the airport. Registration for the 5K begins at 6:45 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.
“We do this every year to give the community an opportunity to get to know the pilots and to see what it is that we do out here,” Airport Manager Ryan Curry said. “This has continued to grow each year.”