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Zyrus Garcia rides one of the kid’s activities available at the Arlington Skyfest on Aug. 20.

 

Local families came to see air shows and historic aircraft as part of the 2022 Arlington Skyfest.

This year’s Skyfest was held Aug. 19 to 21.

The event included an airshow and more events on Aug. 20.

“I hope they like the entertainment. There’s a ton of warbirds on the ramp, the air show’s going to be great, and then we have the balloon glow and the drone show,” said Barbara Tolbert, executive director for the Arlington Skyfest.

Families said they were enjoying the event and looking forward to the shows later in the evening.

“It’s our first year but it’s pretty cool,” said local parent Reino Garcia.

“We wanted to check out the event with the drone show and the car show and things like that. And it has stuff for kids,” he said.

EJ Hopkins also said he was enjoying this year’s Skyfest event.

“It’s amazing. It’s super fun,” said Hopkins. “Just the experience so far has been really great. This is my first year here but it seems like a fun event that’s located in a convenient area.”

This year’s event featured more of the historical planes used in war that families were able to see on display.

“We have a lot more warbirds on the ramp than we ever have before,” said Tolbert. “There is a Commemorative Air Force B-17 that came in and we’ve had that on display at the airport all week."

The new planes drew out a number of people.

“That is going great. People responded wonderfully and they sold out of all their rides,” said Tolbert. “It’s a great piece of history, so it’s good that people can enjoy it here."

On Sunday, Aug. 21, the airport held their Arlington Airport Community Fun Day as well, which featured free fights to local youth that were provided by the Young Eagles, as well as community organizations and kids activities.

As the community continues to recover from the COVID pandemic, Tolbert said it was good to see people come out.

“I think all the events we have back are good. People want to get out and do things,” she said.

The Skyfest tickets raise funds that go back to help local youth.

“The money that we raise, the board has decided, that it will go toward youth organizations that provide STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education for youth,” said Tolbert.

More information about the Arlington Skyfest is available at arlingtonskyfest.com.

 

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