Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -- On Sept. 20, the skies will be alive with action during the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show at Camdenton Memorial Airport.  This free air show honors veterans and active military members, as well as providing an early-autumn activity for the community and visitors.


null "The Lake of the Ozarks Air Show delights audiences and honors military heroes each year through the generosity of our sponsors," Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen said. "The annual air show is a really cool event that will undoubtedly be an awesome experience for everyone who attends. There's still time to make plans to come to the Lake and have a fun and memorable getaway."


Thrilling aviation acts for this year's show include the P-51 "Gunfighter," a WWII plane performing aerobatics; stunt flying by Team Vortex and G&M Airshows; wing walking by Dave Dacy Airshows; and performances by the Free-Fall Express Skydivers and the KC Flight Formation Team.  The Chevrolet Flash Fire Jet Truck will be racing across the ground, as well.

The opening ceremonies for the event are at 10 a.m., but the fun begins even earlier with entertainment from the Fort Leonard Wood band at 8 a.m. and a performance by Main Street Opry and LOZ Dance Academy at 9:45 a.m.


Once again, free flights for veterans are being offered, this year in the B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber.  Organizers say this is another way of thanking those who have served in the armed forces.


The event is fun for several generations of family members. Veterans involved in past conflicts can proudly remember their service, while children can enjoy the fun of Ping-Pong ball drops and flights by remote control planes.


Vendors will offer food and drinks for the show, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Local civic organizations act as vendors for the event, reinvesting proceeds into the airshow and their own community projects, making the show a benefit to the Camdenton community in many ways.


For attendees, a convenient free shuttle from the parking lots at the Camdenton RIII schools runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and airport parking is also available for a $5 fee.


The show began with approximately 4,000 attendees four years ago.  Since then, it has been breaking attendance records every year, with last year's show drawing crowds of about 14,000 spectators.  Airport Manager Corey Leuwerke believes the show's location at the Lake deserves the credit.  "We provide an exciting airshow, plus the opportunity to spend the weekend at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks," he said.


Camdenton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trish Creach sums it up this way: "This must-attend event is a top-notch historical aviation experience for the entire family and visitors of all ages."


The event is made possible by collaboration among the City of Camdenton, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camdenton Memorial Airport, the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau and other local sponsors. 


To learn more, go to or call the Camdenton Memorial Airport at 573-346-0300.


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