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Airport’s 22nd Annual Open House features home and car shows and plane rides


The upcoming St. Louis Regional Airport Annual Open House features the Home Builder’s Association Fall Home Show, the Wings & Wheels Annual Car Show, radio controlled planes, and a visit from the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor – America’s first mass-produced airliner.

Here are the events:

Ride the Ford Tri-Motor, Sept. 22-25
All weekend EAA Chapter 864 will be hosting the three-engine Ford plane often called the “Tin Goose” and selling rides for people who want to experience the world’s first luxury airliner, Roaring 20s’ style.

HBA Home Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
A new event being held Saturday-only is the Southwestern Illinois Fall Home Builder’s Association Home Show featuring the newest home products and techniques. Booths around the circle in front of the control tower will showcase local home improvement professionals and vendors who specialize in basement remodeling, decks and patios, foundation repair, outdoor living space and more.

Wing & Wheels Car Show 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Coordinated by the Bethalto Jaycees, this year’s event will feature new technology, antique autos, hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles. Last year entries came from fiv e states. Registration for the car show begins at 8 a.m. and the event runs from 9 to 2.

Radio Controlled Airplanes 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
The East Side RC Club will again showcase the latest radio-controlled model airplanes and helicopters.

Make-a-Wish Bounce House, Food and Fun 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Food and drink will be on sale and families are welcome to bring picnic baskets. There will be activities for kids including a Bounce House sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The patio at the High-Flyers Grille is a place to dine and catch all the action.

Free Flights for Kids 9 to 2 Sun. Sept. 25
Kids age 8-17 can return with their parents for free flights sponsored by the EAA Chapter 864 Young Eagles. Advance registration is encouraged for the free flights and kids can sign up Saturday during the Fly In. Horses from the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary in Alhambra will be available to view and pet as well.

Admission and parking are free. There is plenty of free parking located just off of Route 111 directly in front of the aAirport. A map and event details are available at

Tickets for the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor can be purchased for a discount price of $70 for adult and $50 for kids at Adult tickets will be $75 the day of the event.

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