ARLINGTON — Walk on the moon, drive a race car or fly in a bomber.
These simulated and hands-on experiences are just some of the activities at the 2009 Arlington Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention, which starts today at the Arlington Municipal Airport.
The annual air show, the third-largest of its kind in the country, kicks off with special events for kids.
Children are admitted free today when accompanied by an adult. The air show is a great way to vacation in your home county, Fly-In director Barbara Tolbert said.
A little rain won’t stop the air show, but low clouds might keep the planes on the runway, Tolbert said. Still, plenty of stuff on the ground will be available to take a look at. Lots of activities under tents.
“We’ve canceled so very few air shows,” she said. “No matter what, there’s lots to see and much of it is under tents.”
More than 1,000 aircraft and 60,000 guests are expected to participate in the festival of aviation, she said.
“So many things are new this year,” Tolbert said. “We’re very excited.”
It takes hundreds of volunteers to put on the Fly-In, and many work all year to prepare for the show, she said.
Among the highlights of this year’s Fly-In:
Meanwhile, the Downtown Arlington Business Association plans its annual street fair. Free transportation between the Fly-In and the street fair is planned.
The street fair draws local and regional vendors and offers music, dancing and food, organizers said.
A dog parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday along Olympic Avenue, and last year’s Arlington Idol, Kathy Brainard, plans to host the local singing contest at 7 p.m. Friday at the gazebo in Legion Park along Olympic Avenue.
Entertainment on Saturday includes bluesman Nick Vigarino at 7:30 p.m. and the Skablins playing “grunge ska” at 9 p.m.
If you go
Arlington Fly-In: Today through Sunday at the Arlington airport; www.arlingtonflyin.org or 360-435-5857
Arlington Street Fair: Friday through Sunday on Olympic Avenue; www.arlingtonwa.org or 360-435-9863