Flying into the air fest

Connor Pittman

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 On September 9th and 10th, the Joplin Regional Airport is putting on their second annual Alpha Airfest. Attractions include an air show, vintage aircraft and warbird tours, plane and helicopter rides, simulators, specialty vendors, and food trucks. Performers at the show include: Shockwave The Jet Powered Semi, Justin Lewis in his mini jet, the Kyle Franklin Flying Circus, the Shetterly Squadron and many others. Despite it being an airshow there will be many ground attractions as well. These include many grounded vintage aircraft including a B-25, a Corsair, and a P-51 Mustang. There will also be an exotic and muscle car show on the runway before the show begins.

 Alpha Airfest will be running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 9th and 10th at the general aviation ramp at the Joplin Regional Airport. At noon both days the car show on the runway will start, and the actual air show will start at 1:00 p.m. and go until 4:00 p.m.

 Tickets to Airfest are as follows: kids four and under are free, five to twelve year olds are $11.54. If you are above the age of twelve then the tickets are $16.82 and VIP passes per person per day are $106.49. VIP passes include private parking, private bathrooms, air conditioned indoor seating, and outdoor stadium seating for the show. On top of that, VIP’s will be allowed to mingle with the performers, so it will be well worth the cost. Plus, if you work at any of the following you will be able to get two dollars off your general admission ticket if you show your badge when purchasing at the gate: Freeman Health Systems, Mercy, Tamko, Leggett and Platt, Walmart, local schools (including CJ), Military / Veterans, Crossland Construction, and Empire Electric.


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