10 years ago New Carlisle’s Annual Parade of Planes organizers joined with The Heritage of Flight Festival Committee to present New Carlisle’s First Annual Heritage of Flight Festival and Parade. Expanded from a 1 day summer event, this 3 day fall festival has become one of our area's most popular attractions. Held the first weekend in October, the Heritage of Flight Festival boasts a impressive array of events and activities on Main Street in beautiful New Carlisle, Ohio.
We kick things off with a Classic Car Cruise-In on Friday night featuring live entertainment and an Auto Auction. Last year over 800 Classic Cars & Trucks lined Main Street for one of the state's largest cruise-ins.
Saturday begins with the Impact Bethel Pancake Breakfast, more live entertainment and our main event; The Parade of Planes. The 2014 Parade of Planes, featuring the Antioch Shrine Parade Units, will proceed down Main Street at 11am. Community sponsored floats and appearances by local bands, celebrities and mascots, plus an amazing display of modern and historical aircraft make this one of the most spectactular parades in the region.
After the parade the Heritage of Flight Festival takes over Main Street offering a wide variety of budget friendly (and mostly free) activities for the whole family, including carnival rides and games, horse-drawn carriage rides, kiddie tractor pulls, street entertainment and an attempt to break the "Chicken Dance" world record.
Besides an awesome array of vendors featuring specialty foods, crafts, gifts items and more, the popular Beer and Brat Hangar, located across from the main stage, will be open all weekend, featuring big screen sports on Saturday and Sunday. A Bake Sale will be held next to the Beer and Brat Hangar, and for the serious eaters, Domino’s Pizza will sponsor a chicken wing eating contest on Saturday. More live entertainment, rides and food are on tap for Sunday as well as the always-entertaining Easy Chair Races. This has become one of the real highlights of the Sunday activities. The festivities conclude with a 50/50 drawing on Sunday evening.
You won’t want to miss this year’s festival. So, mark your calendars for October 3rd, 4th and 5th in 2014. The Festival Committee is planning the biggest event we’ve ever had along with some special surprises. We will be updating the Schedule and Entertainment pages as Festival time approaches so check back often.
Although the Heritage of Flight Festival relies heavily on the cooperation of City Government and staff we receive no city, state or federal funding. All expenses are covered by our local business community, corporate sponsors, fundraising events and individual donations. Planning and scheduling have already begun for this year starting with a fundraising campaign to help us reach our goal to add a fireworks display and other new attractions. Please visit the donation page and “Buy a Boom” or make a contribution to this year’s festival.