The airspace above the Karoo town of Carnavon promises to be a hive of activity when pilots from across the country take to the skies during the annual Carnavon Fly-In. The Carnavon Aero Club will be hosting this aerial extravanganza from 3-5 June in an attempt to attract more visitors to this hospitable region of the Northern Cape.
The weekend features an exciting line-up ranging from fashion shows, dinner dances, live open stage entertainment with local riel dancers and performers to a fly-by and special amusement for the kids. Various vendor stalls will once again offer a wide selection of items ranging from arts and crafts to delicious food and beverages, jewellery, toys and clothing. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft in action, while a local flight training school present introductory flights to local community members, many of whom have never been airborne. Skydivers doing tandem jumps will colour the skiers, while radio-controlled model aircrafts and helicopters will wow the crowds.
One of the highlights of the weekend is most definitely a performance by popular singer/songwriter Nicholas Louw during the dinner dance on Saturday. Organisers have already received bookings from as far afield as Prieska, George and Victoria-West. Local country singer Frikka will be entertaining the crowds at the open stage on Saturday afternoon with loads of activities for the rest of the day.
Aircraft enthusiasts can attend aviation talks, information sessions and workshops on building model aeroplanes. The South African Airforce’s outreach programme will host career guidance sessions, while members of the public and local learners can go on guided group tours during viewing sessions.
Proudly supported by the Kareeberg Municipality and the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the event is focused on community involvement and development with a positive spin-off for the local hospitality industry such as accommodation facilities, restaurants and transport services. Staff members and support crews are sourced locally and school children are also encouraged to participate in the annual art competition, fashion show and even event logistics. The George Flight Training will be offering prizes of 40 introductory flights to kids from local schools to give them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
For aviation enquiries, contact Rob Anderson on 083 261 8337 or for general information Schalk van der Merwe on 083 657 4459.
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