Planes, Trains, Auto show set Oct. 6

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Whatever mode of travel you prefer, Dublin has you covered with a day of events on Oct. 6 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the municipal airport and the 90th birthday of the Katy Depot.

Dublin Airport office manager Brad Stanford said the event has already drawn a lot of attention from pilots as there aren’t any light sport aircraft shows in this part of the country. 

The event is also being cross-promoted with the annual fly-in at Ranger Airport, one of the last municipal grass landing strips. All of this coupled with plans to offer unleaded Swift aviation fuel for $1 less per gallon than usual should translate to a lot of pilots and planes.

The day begins at the airport at 9 a.m. as a number of owners and dealers will be on hand for a light sport mini expo showing off a wide variety of aircrafts (including an appearance by the Hamilton Soaring Club).

Gyroplanes as seen on St. Patrick’s Day will be joined by many other vehicles like an Aerotrek A240, a Bushcat, Savannah, a Spa Panther and Skyrunner — an aerial military ATV vehicle.

Stanford noted that the slow-paced glide of this last vehicle would make it an interesting addition for farmers needing to survey the fields from the sky.

Even though the expo would be a great chance for pilots to find their next plane, the event is open to everyone. Crystal DeHay of Nikki’s Neat Eats will be set up from 8 to 11 a.m. for anyone needing a bite while taking in the sights.

The aircraft will be joined by the Coffee and Cars group from Stephenville following a short parade through downtown at 9:45 a.m. as the unique and vintage vehicles head to the airport.

Brady Pendleton will be hosting a shuttle bus to transport people between the airport and downtown. 

The group will be at the airport and joined by national shooting champion and local gunslinger, Evil Roy, who will be appearing in his own classic car.

Guests can make their way downtown to the Katy Depot from noon to 3 p.m. for an ice cream social featuring Dublin Bottling Works syrups.

This will give visitors a chance to see the depot’s ongoing renovations and a pop-up exhibit with art from local high school students. The depot gallery is being hosted by the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council.

With the expo closing at the airport at 1 p.m., guests are also invited to tour the town and museums, which open at 1 p.m. 

Live music will also be on tap for Things Celtic that day as Abbey Green will be performing from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Stanford said the day should be a lot of fun for pilots and nonpilots alike.

“We want it to be fun for the public and profitable for our dealers,” he said.

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