Classic cars, vintage planes and country music fill Mansfield’s fantastic last Friday weekend

MANSFIELD—Travellers will want to plan a trip to Mansfield from August 26-28, when a weekend filled with fantastic times offers plenty of opportunities to make memories with family and friends. The action really begins on Wednesday, when the Air Power History Tour’s rare and massive World War II planes fly into Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport. Last Friday’s live concert at the Brickyard and the Heart of the City Cruise-In round out the weekend fun.

Mansfield Lahm Airport Day

The first of what is expected to be an annual event in Mansfield will feature the region’s updated Mansfield Lahm Airport on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designed to spark young people’s interest in aviation, free flights Young Eagles are offered to participants ages 8-13 who have never flown, starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration for these limited flights is recommended and opens at 1 p.m. on August 19 on yeday.org . A food truck rally will host nearly a dozen different offerings, while special KidsZone bouncy houses and interactive inflatables are operated by members of the Civil Air Patrol. A space presenting the companies of the Mansfield Lahm airport will present all the novelties of the airport.

From August 24-28, the sights, sounds and stories of WWII aviation come to the airport as the AirPower History Tour brings five of the era’s most important aircraft to the main ramp from the terminal. The tour is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth 11-17, and free for children 10 and under. Details and tickets are available at airpowersquadron.org/mansfield-ohio. Presented by the Commemorative Air Force, the tour gives visitors a rare opportunity to see the planes up close and tour the cockpits of the B-29 and B-24 when the planes aren’t flying. CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring the history of American military aviation by keeping these majestic aircraft in flight and through exhibits and memorabilia. A highlight is a ride aboard one of the five iconic aircraft of the 1930s-1940s. Advance reservations are recommended, with 20- and 40-minute ride prices ranging from $299 to $3,700/person. Rides are available in the B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”, B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil”, T-6 Texan; PT-13 Stearman and P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter”. Schedules and reservations are available online at airpowersquadron.org/book.

Last Fridays concert at the Brickyard:

The hugely popular Final Friday Concert Series takes place in the Carousel District of historic downtown Mansfield. On Friday, August 26, 2022, a lineup from across the country includes Jose Sanchez, Tom’s Kitchen Table and County Line, who take to the Brickyard Stage at 5:30 p.m. Guests often bring their own chairs to this outdoor arts and culture venue popular, where local craft beer and food trucks draw lines of hungry and thirsty music lovers. Once a bustling commercial and warehouse district, the area has faded away, leaving decaying old industrial buildings, which are long past their prime. Local visionaries developed the Brickyard to create a cultural hub downtown. Today, a live music scene, farmers’ markets and pop-up shops have replaced the mass demolition of cluttered alleys and piles of bricks.

Cruise in the heart of the city:

The 25th Anniversary Heart of the City Cruise-In rolls into downtown Mansfield on Saturday, August 27 at noon and runs until 8 p.m. trophies, favorite shows, 50/50 raffle, live music and great food. Come rain or shine, attendees to this huge vintage car show ride up SR 13 from Central Park. With the hundreds of cars lined up to strut around, the parade will feature every antique vehicle imaginable, as well as modern stunners, from a 1920s Model T, 1933 Plymouth PD Coupe or Ford Shelby 1964 GT350 to a rare 1964 Chevy. Corvair Rampside, a 1920s Packard Roaster or the 1957 Chevy 210. Live entertainment will have some of the same vintage flair, with local rock bands from the 1960s Ohio Express , Music Explosion and The Cyrkle, as well as cover band Journey Departure. Anyone who wants to show off their vehicle can register for the show at 9 a.m. for $15.

A destination like no other, Mansfield, Ohio offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as spending the night in a haunted former state prison where Hollywood blockbuster movies are filmed, world-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf and many activities. other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Full visitor information, accommodation details and free tourist guides are available at destinationmansfield.com.

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