Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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April 28, 2010

Special Lindbergh Boogie starting Friday

AMERICUS — The Americus and Sumter County Festivals Inc. committee is putting the finals touches on the Lindbergh Boogie Aviation Festival that will be held Friday to Sunday in Americus. The festival will feature skydiving, plane rides, a “flying feet” 5K run, hot air balloon rides, remote control plane demonstrations, food vendors, a classic car display, jumping castle, giant slide, dunkin’ booth, face painting, the Americus Fire Department clowns, paper airplane contests and a downtown “block bash” featuring the FAT Jackson band.

The event was named after Charles Lindbergh, the famous American aviator who captured the hearts of Americans during his successful non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Lindbergh bought his first plane, learned to fly and soloed at Souther Field in Americus in 1923.

The event will kick off on Friday at 10 a.m. at South Georgia Technical College when Eric Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh, will be the featured speaker at the Griffin B. Bell Convocation in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the South Georgia Technical College campus.

The college will be dedicating a special monument and plaque highlighting Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight in 1923 from Souther Field Airport over the South Georgia Technical College site, immediately following the convocation. Erik Lindbergh will be assisting with that dedication. That ceremony should begin at 11:15 a.m. in the area between Hicks Hall and the Odom Center near the South Georgia Tech Parkway. The dedication is open to the public.

The Lindbergh Boogie Festival will get off to an early start on Saturday with the “Flying Feet” 5K road race at 8 a.m. on the South Georgia Technical College campus located adjacent to the airport on South Georgia Tech Parkway. Cost of the race now is $20. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Friday.

Following the 5K road race, there will also be a one mile Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. The races will begin and end at the Griffin B. Bell Aerospace Technology Center building on the SGTC campus. Road race applications can be picked up at Clinic Drug Store in Americus or by contacting Jaclyn Kaylor at 815-0696 or jekaylor13@gmail.com

After the road races, the Festival events will move to Souther Field at the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport on Georgia Highway 49. The Lindbergh Boogie will feature tandem skydives for only $195 and hot air balloon jumps and rides. For more information about the tandem skydives, contact, thejumpingplace@gmail.com or call 912-322-7282. Individuals must be over 18 years of age to skydive and reservations are highly recommended. Plane rides in the jump plane are $35 each.

In addition to the skydiving and plane rides Saturday, there will also be hot air balloon rides, remote control plane demonstrations, food vendors, a classic car display, kid’s games and more from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the airport.

At 7 p.m., the festival events will move to downtown Americus. There will be paper airplane contests for adults beginning at 7 p.m. with a $10,000 prize. The Lindbergh Boogie Block Bash featuring the band Fat Jackson will kickoff at 8 p.m. and continue until midnight.

This event is being sponsored by the Americus and Sumter County Festivals Inc. with help from the Americus Rotary Club, Americus and Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Americus, Sumter County, Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College.

For more information about the event contact the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce at www.americus-sumterchamber.com.

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