Does the weight or diameter of an orange bomb more determine its splat-ability when dropped from a biplane? Pick your pumpkin and test your hypothesis during the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Fall Festival, Oct. 4-5 and 11-12. That’s when office manager Carol Harklerode offers her favorite theme, Halloween, to her favorite guests, children, “to get the kids involved and entertain them, because it’s Fall, and it’s fun!”
“We do face painting, coloring, airplane-related drawings, pumpkins for sale that they can paint and keep or, if they wish, they can give them to drop out of airplanes,” Carol says. A mystery pilot may appear, Cannon O’Skully, to lob the orange orbs from his biplane.
Candy and treats are dispensed to deter tricks, no costume required. However, each day judges will pick the best children’s and teens’ dress up, whether a vintage aviation look or favorite characters that fly. The grand prize is an antique automobile ride after that day’s show, with airshow passes, model kits and gift shop selections as runner-up prizes.
“I love Halloween, it is my favorite, and I love kids, so incorporating the two into the Aerodrome is the coolest thing for me,” Carol says.
VINTAGE FASHIONS OCT. 5
Dress-up isn’t just for youngsters this weekend. On Sunday (Oct. 5) a group of vintage fashion fans will attend the airshow in costume, and they invite anyone to sport the “up-to-date” modes to an airshow. Visitors in clothing styled from the 1800s to 1940s can enter at the discounted admission of $15 instead of the $20 regular adult rate, $10 for teens and seniors instead of $15. Some guests in classic attire will appear in the fashion show that opens each airshow at 2 p.m. and also will ride in the Aerodrome’s parade of vintage vehicles.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s museum and grounds are open daily through October 26, and airshows take place every weekend through October 12.
The museum features more than 60 antique airplanes, vintage automobiles and related artifacts to view and learn about, dating from 1900 through 1940. The Pioneer, World War I and Barnstorming periods of aviation history are all well represented. Biplane rides will be available during the show season. Shows and rides are weather permitting.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Airshows and Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum are 501(c) 3, non-profit organizations, and donations are tax-deductible. Memberships are available.