15th Annual Touch A Truck and 7th Annual Fly-In on October 5 at the Dickson Airport

15th Annual Touch A Truck and 7th Annual Fly-In on October 5 at the Dickson Airport

For the second year, the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department and Dickson Municipal Airport will combine celebrations to provide a day of fun and excitement for all ages on Saturday, October 5.

The parks department will present its 15th annual Touch a Truck, in which children of all ages can experience a variety of vehicles and equipment up close.

The airport will present its 7th annual Fly-In, featuring airplane rides, a Kidzone and more fun activities.

The fun will be 10 am until 2 pm at the Dickson Municipal Airport- Pack Field, located at 2372 Sylvia Road. Admission is free.

Last year, the parks department moved Touch a Truck from J. Dan Buckner Park to the airport to join forces with its annual celebration of aviation.

The 7th annual Fly-In will bring in pilots and a variety of aircraft for people to experience.

Airport manager Mike Gallagher said there will be at least five private planes offering rides over Dickson County during the event. Children 12 and under can fly free while 13 and up will be $20. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to the vehicles and airplanes, the combined event will include concessions, face painting, a Kidzone featuring inflatable fun, balloon art and more.

As part of the Fly-In, the late Buford L. “Booty” Reed will be added to the Dickson County Aviation Wall of Fame. A county commissioner for almost 30 years, Reed served on the Dickson Airport Authority and helped guide its operations and growth. Reed, the director of the Dickson Housing Authority for 35 years, died June 9 after a battle with cancer.

Reed will join Garland Pack, Bruce Peery, Larry Horn and Lt. Col. Glenn Hicks as pioneers and contributors to aviation in a ceremony during the event. The airfield at Dickson Municipal Airport was dedicated as Pack Field in 1999, honoring the Dickson native who built a biplane in downtown Dickson to become a barnstormer, then flew supply missions through the Himalayas in World War II and was a pioneer in glider technology. Peery was a WWII bomber pilot; Horn flew a B-23 Liberator in WWII; and Hicks flew a P24 fighter jet in WWII.

Since there is limited parking at the airport, those attending the Touch A Truck and the Fly-In will park near the south end of the runway in a field near the Airport Market at 2306 Sylvia Road. There will be signs directing people to the parking area and buses will shuttle people to and from the airport throughout the event.

For more information on the 15th annual Touch A Truck, contact the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department at 615-446-1721. For more information on the 7th annual Fly-In, contact the Dickson Municipal Airport at 615-446-6611.

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