The City of Wichita Cultural Arts is excited to present the 2013 Wichita Flight Festival September 28-29 at the Colonel James Airport.

“We’re six months away from another world-class air show that will make everyone proud to live in the Air Capital of the World,” said the Wichita City Council Lavonta William. “We’re especially excited about the poster contest that is giving the community a new way to get involved.”

Saturday and Sunday daytime activities include a Kid’s Zone, food concourse and a Fly Market vendor and education area, which are all free. Saturday night will also be the Twilight Air Show and Concert, featuring Hotel California-the Original Eagles Tribute Band. The first 500 people through the gate will receive a gift, compliment of Wichita’s Hometown Chevy Dealers. Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at or by calling 316-219-4849. Children 11 and under are free.

The Air Shows this year will feature many different aerial acts, including TORA TORA TORA as the headline performance. Based out of Midland, Texas, TORA is the Commemorative Air Force’s recreation of the Pearl Harbor attack. Other aerial acts include Rich Perkins and “Firecat,” Roger Buis and Otto the Helicopter, the Indy Boys' Jet-Powered School Bus, the Indy Boys' Jet-Powered Snoopy Dog House, Kent Pietsch and the World's Smallest Runway, Dan Buchanan and his hang glider, Jason Newburg, and Mike "Game Show" Rambo.

This year, the Wichita Cultural Arts also decided to hold a poster contest, to help build momentum for the event. The first place winner was recently announced as Lacy Young, of Wichita, with her entry titled “Flight over the Plains.” Along with her poster design getting to be used to promote the Wichita Flight Festival, Young received $1,000. “We loved Lacy’s choice of colors and her unique interpretation of Wichita as the “Air Capital of the World,” said John D’Angelo, manager of the City of Wichita’s Division of Arts & Cultural Services. Second place was given to Sara Harmon of Bel Aire, who took home $500, and third place went to Alan Brooks of Andover, who received $250.

The winning poster design will also be on the souvenir lapel pins, which are another new addition to the festival this year. The $10 pins will not be required for entry into the festival, but are more for showing support for this long-standing event that honors Wichita’s abundant aviation heritage. An announcement will be made soon for where the public can purchase the pins.

For additional information, please visit, and be sure to check out the Wichita Flight Festival on Facebook and Twitter as well.


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