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AirFest planning efforts are taking off

By: By Richard Pearl Special to The News Messenger
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AirFest 2013 next Sept. 28 will bring aviation excitement back to the Lincoln Regional Airport with the showcasing of old and new general aviation aircraft, classic war birds, military aircraft, skydiving, radio-controlled airplane exhibitions, classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles.

Lincoln’s last air event (October 2009) used expensively-paid aerobatic performers while Lincoln AirFest 2013 will concentrate on presenting Lincoln residents and regional guests a more “laid-back” experience for the whole family.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to walk around and talk to the pilots, see aircraft up close, watch fly-bys, “talk” cars and motorcycles with your friends and have kid’s activities just for them, including the possibility of getting an airplane flight under the EAA’s Young Eagles program.  And best of all, a very low event admission price is planned for adults and free admission is for the kids.

The Lincoln Regional Aviation Association is taking the lead on this event. The association is a nonprofit organization of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who promote aviation in and around Lincoln.

The Lincoln AirFest will be a large undertaking and we will need the aid and support of our entire community to really pull it together.

If you would like to help make this event a community tradition, please contact the organizing committee at its new web site, LincolnAirFest2013.org, or the Lincoln city manager’s office at 434-3490. The first planning meeting will be in January. Please sign up for the city’s E-Bulletin at ci.lincoln.ca.us.

Richard Pearl is chairman of the Lincoln AirFest organizing committee.