Airport celebrates 50 years Saturday

Photo credit: Mark Shoemaker of Shoemaker Ballooning

One event scheduled for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Floyd W. Jones Airport is a Balloon Glow. The gas burners from eight or more hot air balloons will light up the night sky before attendees see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on the city’s big inflatable screen.


It has been an important part of Lebanon for 50 years, so it i not surprising that its anniversary is cause for celebration.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Floyd W. Jones Airport is slated for Saturday, September 30.
The airport is named for Jones, the man who donated the money for the airport’s first concrete runway. Prior to that the Lebanon Airport had only grass strips.
Airport Manager Sandy Shore has some things to do and see on the agenda for the celebration.
It all begins with free plane rides for kids on a first come, first served basis beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.
When the airplane rides end, the balloon glow begins. Eight or more colorful hot air balloons will use their gas burners to illuminate the night sky until 8:30 p.m. 
That is when the outdoor screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and others will begin. Shore said she will be using the Lebanon Parks Department large inflatable screen.

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