Barnstorming Carnival in Springfield brings aviation history, fun

People didn’t have to leave the ground to appreciate the vintage aircraft that lined Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 15. Others took directly to the skies.

The fourth Barnstorming Carnival gathered more than 50 planes from the classic era of aviation so families could appreciate a time when daredevil pilots were the showmen of their day and get an idea of what it’s like to fly in them.

The admission-free event continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16.

“Everybody’s been having fun,” said Dewey Davenport, Barnstorming Carnival founder and event emcee. “We’ve been active since we opened. We’ve had really good demographics, a lot of families have come out to enjoy the day with us.”

The event drew participants from North Carolina and Wisconsin to support Davenport. Others such as Duane Jones, a carnival returnee who brought back his 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion aircraft, were from as near as New Carlisle.

“It brings a good light to the community and it’s a chance to show people what they don’t usually get to see,” Jones said.

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