Rolling, looping, spinning, and racing – that’s what spectators will see taking place at the 9th annual Jets Over Kentucky, coming up July 7 – 13 at the Springfield/Lebanon Airport in Lebanon, Kentucky. Event organizers are expecting as many as 200 pilots from across the globe at this year’s event, which has grown over the years into the world’s largest remote control jet show.
Spectators are welcome to come throughout the week and watch the pilots practice and do their warm up routines; however, the main show will be a gated event taking place on Friday and Saturday, at which a nominal $5 fee will be charged for attendees ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 12 will receive free admission. The gates will open to the public at 8 am both days.
On Friday evening at dark, there will be a unique Parade of Lights, where all of the jets turn on their lights and travel in parade formation down the tarmac. Immediately following the parade will be an hour-long fireworks display. According to Lewis Patton, the event organizer and factory representative for Jet Central, they were told by several spectators in 2011 that the Jets Over Kentucky fireworks show “was larger than the city of Lexington’s on the Fourth of July.” Patton assures attendees that this year’s display will match last year’s in every way.
The opening ceremonies will take place at noon on Saturday, followed by an impressive event called the Fighter Jet Showdown, which Patton states is a “must-see” for all attendees. Spectators can expect to see anything and everything that they’ve seen at a full scale aerobatic jet show including high speed passes, 9G turns, and simulated bomb runs.
After a successful trial run in 2012, tours of the private plane tents will be offered once again by some of the pilots. Since spectators are not allowed to touch the planes, as they range in price anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000, this is an excellent opportunity to get up close to these unique machines. Those tours will begin at noon on Friday and Saturday and take place on the hour until dark.
According to Patton, there will be all sorts of recognizable planes at this year’s show, from F-15’s to F-4 Phantoms to a Stealth Fighter Jet. One of the most interesting jets that will be on display this year belongs to Lance Campbell from St. Louis, Missouri. His plane, the SR-71 spy plane, is over 13 feet long and is valued at $100,000. “B1 Bob” will be displaying his B-1 Bomber, another unique machine according to Patton, and Craig Gottchang, a pilot during the Vietnam War, will be bringing an A10 that Patton considers a “don’t miss.”
The 200 pilots attending this year’s Jets Over Kentucky event are coming from all over the world, including Spain, Europe, Iceland, Asia, and Germany. Patton explained than an entire team from Spain as well as large contingents from Mexico and Canada will be coming this year.
In addition, remote control jet enthusiasts will appreciate this year’s merchandise area, as vendors from the U.S., England, Germany and Spain will be set up with some of the newest inventions, model jet kits, and technology for remote control planes. This is the first year international vendors will exhibit at this event, once again showing the incredible growth that Jets Over Kentucky has experienced over the past few years.
For more information on the event, a list of sponsors, or for pilot registration, visit http://www.rcuniverse.com.
Remember to bring your own chair, as the event will have general admission seating. Festival organizers recommend bringing umbrellas in case the weather gets too hot and shade is needed. Food vendors will be on hand, as well as merchandise vendors.
Bring your $5 gate admission and plenty of money for food and shopping. This year, there will be a limited number of DVDs and Blu Ray copies of the 2011 show for purchase. Commemorative dated t-shirts will also be available on-site.
8 am, Gates Open
12 pm, Tours of plane areas begin
Dark, Parade of Lights (around 9:30 pm)
After Parade, hour-long Fireworks Display
8 am, Gates Open
12 pm, Opening Ceremony
12 pm, Tours of plane areas begin
After Opening, Fighter Jet Showdown, Sport Jet Challenge, Apache Demo
4 pm, Candy Drop for children
Dark, Gates Close
Enjoy this year’s Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff, a festival of bluegrass music, featuring Banjo Champ Gary “Biscuit” Davis, Flatpicking Champ Roy Curry, and The Travelin’ McCourys
**TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Call 270.692.0021 to reserve yours or book a Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Weekend Getaway Package online!
All-Inclusive Tickets – $49
Ticket includes Friday show, Saturday Dinner Show, and Quilt Show admissions.
Bluegrass Show featuring Gary “Biscuit” Davis and Roy Curry – General admission bleacher seating is $ 10; FREE for kids 11 and under
Workshops and seminars only – $20
Bluegrass Show featuring an open jam session with Gary “Biscuit” Davis and Roy Curry, and music from The Travelin’ McCourys – General admission bleacher seating is $25 (Does NOT include dinner); Added value – Free admission to the Friday night general admission show
Dinner Show featuring a delicious dinner, an open jam session with Gary “Biscuit” Davis and Roy Curry, and music from The Travelin’ McCourys!
Purchase an All-Inclusive Ticket for $49
Ticket includes Friday show, Saturday Dinner Show, and Quilt Show admissions.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 -
$5 General Admission – Enter a quilt for judging or just come see the show and admire the incredible quilts on display.
Come early on Friday, January 25 and enjoy the following activities:
Marion County Quilt Trail - this trail features more than 60 quilt barns! Explore the scenic countryside of Marion County on this unique quilt trail.
Marion County Heritage Center – enjoy the center’s various exhibits, including a special month-long exhibit featuring local quilts, on display in January.
Main Street Quilt Displays – Lebanon’s downtown Main Street merchants will decorate their storefront windows in January with beautiful and unique quilts. View them all and collect a stamp on your Quilt Passport to be entered into a special drawing.
Make a weekend out of it!
Book your Bluegrass in the Bluegrass Getaway!
$210.70: 1-night Stay at Hampton Inn (Double Occupancy) with breakfast, 2 All-Inclusive KBMK Tickets, and a Lebanon souvenir
$304.40: 2-night Stay
Come in a few days early or stay a few extra days to enjoy Lebanon’s many attractions!
The Spirits of Lebanon:
During the annual Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival, experience 10 days of exciting holiday events going on in Lebanon and neighboring Springfield. Experience the holiday magic of Maker’s Mark during special candlelight tours; explore Ruley’s Santa Claus Land, where more than 1 million lights and hundreds of holiday displays light up the night; and feel the warmth of the holidays during Moonshine & Mistletoe at Limestone Branch, featuring festive holiday flavor tastings and a tour given by the Master Distiller.
1 Great Festival + 10 Days of Holiday Happenings = Unlimited Fun!
Ongoing & Recurring Events (Nov. 23 – Dec. 2)
Kentucky Classic Theatre, A Newer Old-Fashioned Christmas
“The Desperate Director” will feature evil silent movie producer Brimstone T. Lemmon’s plan to cheat Mr. Edison out of his equipment royalties and trick the fine people of Los Angeles into making his movies for free! Boo at the villain, cheer for the hero, and swoon with the heroine as mayhem and hilarity commence in this musical night of fun for the whole family.
Angelic Hall, 237 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.9152
Dates running: Fri/Sat Nov 23 – 24 and Nov 30 –Dec 1. Show starts at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 – 12, and free for children ages 4 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
Kentucky Cooperage Tours, 9:30 am and 1 pm M-F
712 E. Main St., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.4674
Bourbon is only as good as the barrel it’s aged in. Take a free tour of the cooperage that makes barrel building an art form. No open-toed shoes allowed.
Moonshine & Mistletoe at Limestone Branch Distillery, 10 am – 5 pm M-Sat, 1 – 5 pm Sun
1280 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.699.9004
Enjoy an open house with refreshments at Limestone Branch Distillery. Meet the Master Distiller and enjoy the festive flavors and atmosphere of this authentic moonshine distillery.
Xmas at XB Arena, Sat., Nov. 24 & Dec. 1
1280 Manton Road, Loretto, KY 40037, 502.549.3856
The kids will get a kick out of “Mutton Busting,” a.k.a. sheep riding! Watch bull-riding contests and enjoy a visit from Santa in this indoor arena. Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under.
Dickens Christmas on Main, starts at 5:30 pm
Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.6002 or 9594
Enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas! Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Trail of Treats, strolling carolers, live nativity, chili cook off, refreshments, carriage and pony rides, trackless train rides; 7 pm Dickens Christmas Parade featuring Santa Claus, followed by visits and photos at Joe’s Deli on Main.
Christmas in the Country, festivities begin at 3 pm
Bradfordsville, KY 40009, P: 270.337.3796
Enjoy an old-fashioned down home Christmas celebration including a community parade @ 3 pm and a ham & turkey supper @ 4:30 pm. View Christmas scenes and music from local performers at the Performing Arts Center @ 7 pm.
Karols 4 Kids, 6 pm
341 Hood Avenue, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.4825
Woodlawn Baptist Church hosts this spiritual event, featuring various church choirs and individual vocalists.
Christmas in the Park, nightly from Nov. 23 – Jan. 2
525 Graham Memorial Park Dr., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.9358
Explore beautiful walking trails or drive by the winter wonderland of lights and decorations displayed in the park. Free.
Maker’s Mark Distillery, 5 – 7 pm
3350 Burks Springs Rd., Loretto, KY 40037, P: 270.865.2099
Celebrate the holiday season with a special souvenir Christmas bottle, refreshments, and a candlelight tour of the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery, a charming 1850’s Victorian village. Tours: Saturday, December 1 and 8.
Santa Claus Land, 5:30 pm to Midnight, Nov. 22 – Jan. 1
The Ruley’s, 165 Stringtown Road, Loretto, KY 40037, 270.865.5242
Visit this outlandish light show that covers 3 acres of lighted walking paths decorated with over 1 million lights, hundreds of holiday displays, giant stars, wreaths, and more.
Serenity Farm Alpacas Holiday Open House, Sat’s & Sun’s from Nov. 24 – Dec. 22
1380 Frogg Lane, Raywick, KY 40060, 270.692.8743
Enjoy a holiday open house and free tour of this unique farm and country store for Christmas shopping and festive decorations.
The Beautiful Music of Christmas
Sun., Dec. 2 at St. Catherine Hall at St. Catherine College in Springfield, 3 pm and 7 pm
Sun., Dec. 9 at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, 3 pm
The Mid-Kentucky Chorus presents its highly anticipated annual Christmas concert. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for students and children.
Neighboring Springfield is also part of the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Here’s a list of their Holiday Happenings:
Peter Pan, 7 pm, Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 – 9
Springfield Opera House, 124 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
In this hit Broadway musical, Peter Pan takes Wendy, Peter, and Michael Darling to Never-Never Land, where Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways is in an ongoing war against a band of pirates and the infamous Captain Hook.
Christmas Crafters Market and Bakery, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, Dec. 1
101 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
Artisans from all over Kentucky selling fine homemade arts, crafts and baked good.s
Parachuting Santa Claus and Elves, 10 am, Sat. Dec. 1
Lebanon – Springfield Airport, 650 Airport Lane, Springfield, KY 40069
JUMPING FOR FUN, LLC will be creating this spectacular event for young and old alike! Visit with Santa and his elves after they parachute from high in the sky. *This event is weather permitting.
Horseshoe Bend Winery “Christmas Tidbits,” 2 – 4 pm, Sat., Dec. 1, 8 & 15
1187 Lawson Ln., Willisburg, KY 40078
The winery will host an open house in the tasting room.
1851 HIstoric Maple Hill Manor Home Open House, 1 – 9 pm, Every Saturday in Dec.
2941 Perryville Rd., Springfield, KY 40069
Features holiday decorations, live music, and refreshments.
Lincoln Legacy Museum Tour & Live Christmas Music, 11 am – 3 pm, Sat., Dec. 1
1816 Washington County Courthouse, Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
Learn where a sacred union between the Lincolns and the Hanks changed the course of American history forever.
Historic Holiday Home Tour, 1 – 5 pm, Sat., Dec. 1
Tour historic homes. $10 donation requested.
Lions-Rotary Auction, 1 pm, Sun., Dec. 2
116 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
(AUGUST 10, 2012) LEBANON, KY – A fun and exciting adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will take center stage at the Fine Arts Building at Centre Square on August 16 – 18. In conjunction with a jester, magic potions, and fairies, an arts festival will take place prior to the theatrical performance.
At 6:30 pm each night, revelers will enjoy lively music by a renaissance troop and have the opportunity to peruse beautiful handmade creations by local artisans Katina Johnson, Brenda Followell, Seth Benningfield, Ann Claire Thomas, and Brent Burgess, as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry by Stacy Arnett.
Spectators intrigued with Shakespeare’s use of moon phases in the play will be excited to learn that the very first public tasting of WhiteMoon Winery’s delicious spirits will take place prior to the play. Recently, WhiteMoon Winery won a prestigious Gold Medal at the Indy International Wine Competition. Their award-winning Plum Wine will be featured at the event, along with their Moon White, a semi-sweet floral with a hint of citrus, and their MoonDance, a dry red.
Caron Tucker of the Tucker Homestead, Joe’s Deli, and Biltmore Inspirations will feature their own kind of delicacies ranging from homemade dips and chips to sweet breads with pecan toffee cream cheese topping to Gorgonzola Cheese Crostini. Assorted drinks and other refreshments will be available in addition to the by-the-glass wine offered by WhiteMoon Winery.
The performance, adapted for length to 1 hour and 45 minutes including intermission, will begin promptly at 7:30 pm, and will feature fun, frolicking creatures who explore the woods on a moonlit night. Chaos ensues as magic potions are bandied about, fairies enchant the woods, and a joker causes his own version of magical trouble.
To order tickets in advance, call the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission at 270.692.0021. Tickets will be placed under your name at Will Call. Tickets may also be purchased each evening at the door using cash or check. No credit card purchases will be accepted.
If you go:
Arts Festival begins at 6:30 pm
Theatrical Production begins at 7:30 pm
Tickets for both festival and play – adults, $10; students, $5; Under 5 years old, FREE