Take to the Skies Airfest Kicks Off Oklahoma Air Show Season

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments by

The world of aviation will descend on Durant, Okla., this weekend during the Take to the Skies Airfest at the Durant Regional Airport Eaker Field. The event, sponsored by Choctaw Casino & Resort, will commemorate those who have served and are serving in the armed forces. Saturday’s opening ceremonies will include Choctaw dancers, singers, honor guards, fly-bys, skydivers and more.

President of the Take to the Skies AirFest Debby Standefer said the event is an experience that will affect all the senses, with something to offer people of every age, as it is the first air show of the season for Oklahoma and North Texas.

“We are very exited to be working with and promoting the city of Durant and their beautiful airport, as well as the unique opportunity to feature cultural information and education of the Choctaw Nation,” Standefer said in a release. “We are proud to honor our military during our show.”

While the show will be honoring the armed forces, it also marks the first airshow in Durant and celebrates the newly renovated airport, which was revamped about a year ago. The facility is named after General Ira Eaker, an aviation pioneer and war hero, and is located in a city home to the headquarters of both the Choctaw Nation and Choctaw Casino & Resort.

For the complete story by Kelley Chambers of StarLocalNews.com, click here. For more information about the air show, click here.

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