6th Annual Wings & Wheels festival set Oct. 4-5 in GeorgetownWorld War II pilot Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole to appear at event
The 6th Annual Wings & Wheels - a Georgetown Fall Festival returns to Sussex County the first weekend of October, and organizers have landed one of the country’s few remaining, truly historic figures from World War II as a special guest.
Not only will the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Aviation Foundation and the Wheels that Heal Car Club host the fly in of vintage planes and classic car show Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, a member of the Doolittle Raiders who was a co-pilot for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the legendary Doolittle Raiders leader during the historic April 1942 bombing of Japan, is also on the radar screen for the Oct. 4-5 Wings & Wheels event at the Sussex County Airport in Georgetown
‘It is quite extraordinary that someone of this caliber and high-profile from World War II would make a special appearance at our festival,” said Linda Price, Wings & Wheels chairman. “Not to mention that Dick is 98 years old and by all accounts will put us all to shame with his energy and enthusiasm! We’re so excited about his visit we can’t even stand it,” Price said.
Cole is one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders from the original 80 crewmen who on April 18, 1942, took off in 16 U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers from the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The raid was America’s initial retaliatory air raid on the Japanese mainland, providing a morale boost following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
The prelude to the main Wings & Wheels festival is a Dinner & WWII Camp Show, which takes place the night before, Friday, Oct. 4, and Cole is expected to attend. This special evening event starts at 6 p.m., with a full course dinner served by Lighthouse Catering, and includes a USO-styled canteen show by Footlight Productions that celebrates the music of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
“When the troupe gives their musical salute to the veterans and men and women serving in our armed forces, you better have your Kleenex ready,” Georgetown Chamber Executive Director Karen Duffield said. “It is very moving.”
Tickets to the dinner and show are $30 each and can be purchased on line at www.wings-wheels.com or by calling 302-856-1544.
In its sixth year, Wings & Wheels continues to grow in popularity and prestige, and this year, the festival on Oct. 5 attracted the MidAtlantic FORD Dealers as its Premier Sponsor. “To be recognized and supported by such a large corporate entity is a tremendous honor, and significant boost to our program,” said Duffield. “The more support we can engage, the more fuel support we can give to our pilots and amenities we can offer to our festival guests.”
The Annual World Championship Invitational Flour Bombing Competitions will be on the agenda again this year in full view of the public, in addition to the World War II aircraft expected to “fly in” for the static display (some 30 vintage planes attended last year.) The huge car show (over 300 registered cars in 2012), is presented this year by nine local agents from State Farm Insurance, and car organizers expect to break all attendance records if the weather is good! There is all-day entertainment on tap starting with a live radio broadcast by CAT Country, and performances by The Glass Onion Band; and kids’ games & activities, as well as many craft and food vendors, will also be on hand.
The very special and poignant World War II “Living History” program is highlighted again this year, and Cole will be sitting on a panel of World War II veterans who will all share their war experiences. These testimonies will be, for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the few remaining World War II veterans tell their stories in person. Exhibits from Fort Miles are planned, and World War II re-enactors will set-up encampments with memorabilia on display to compliment the many vintage airplanes expected to fly in. Rides for purchase will be available on select planes by individual reservation, and are listed on www.wings-wheels.com.
Additional sponsors of the 2013 Wings & Wheels- a Georgetown Fall Festival include Nanticoke Health Services, Sussex County Council, Southern Delaware Tourism, CAT Country, Anchor Enterprises, Del-One, Fulton Bank, Insurance Market, Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Building Supply Depot, Clean Delaware, Lighthouse Catering, hoy en Delaware, Servpro of Sussex County, Sussex County Post, Tyndall’s Construction and Wilmington University.
For more information go to www.wings-wheels.com or call the Georgetown Chamber at 302-856-1544.