LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — On Saturday, Sept. 10, eyes will be on the skies as modern marvels of flight soar above the heads of spectators during the 2016 Lake of the Ozarks Air Show.
Since its inception in 2011, the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, held at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport, has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of people of all ages with elaborate aerial acrobatics, flight demonstrations and up-close interactions with the pilots, performers and their airplanes.
According to Corey Leuwerke, staff member of Lake Aviation Center and one of the organizers for the event, the Air Show has continued to grow in popularity over the years, with last year's event bringing in around 10,000 spectators. "The Air Show is an affordable and enjoyable way to spend a day learning about our nation's aviation history," Leuwerke says. "You also gain a greater appreciation for our veterans and you get to witness pilots push their airplanes to amazing limits." Admission to the Air Show is free for all attendees. A convenient free shuttle from the parking lots at the Camdenton High School schools runs from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and airport parking is also available for a $10 donation.
The 2016 Air Show features impressive aerial stunts performed by Brian Correll in his modified Pitts biplane; flyover demonstrations by Vincent Hill in a vintage T-28 Trojan; Douglas "Hollywood" Jackson in the Tora 101, a 1952 Japanese A6M Zero fighter plane replica, which was featured in the Pearl Harbor-themed movie Tora! Tora! Tora!; and thrilling synchronized feats by the KC Flight Formation Team as well as Team Vortex. Also on the program are demonstrations by Neal Darnell and his "fire-breathing" jet truck that is capable of reaching speeds of 350 mph and Kenny Carroll in his souped up 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Both Darnell and Carroll will pit their four-wheel vehicles against flying planes as they race across the tarmac.
As in years past, select area veterans will have the opportunity to fly in a vintage B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber on Friday, Sept. 9. These pre-arranged flights are provided for free for those who served their country as a special way for the event organizers to express their gratitude for the service and sacrifice many have made.
On Saturday morning, activities get underway at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast to honor military members at Hangar D. Afterward, the opening ceremonies take place at 10:30 a.m., with the high-flying action beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 3:30 p.m. Following the conclusion of the Air Show, there will be a meet and greet with the aerial performers from 7-10 p.m. at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill, 82 Aloha Lane in Sunrise Beach.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their personal comfort. Outside food and beverages are not permitted at the event as there will be many local vendors on-site selling snacks and refreshments. All proceeds will be invested back into the air show and other local community charities.
This free event is made possible by collaboration among the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, the City of Camdenton, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camdenton Memorial Airport and many other local sponsors.
For more details on the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, including in-depth descriptions and videos of the upcoming performers, visit www.LakeoftheOzarksAirShow.com.
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Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB's award-winning website, www.FunLake.com.