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Dutchess County Airport Open House on Saturday, June 14th

Published: 6/10/2014

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Airport will host its annual “Open House” event this Saturday, June 14th from 9am to 6pm. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. The event will feature aircraft displays, demonstrations, educational seminars, activities for kids, car and bike show as well as this year’s newest event – Fire Department Muster. This is a fun event for the whole family with lots to see and do, providing an opportunity to learn more about the Dutchess County Airport.

Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a wide range of aircraft displays including vintage and experimental aircrafts, S-76 helicopter, Cirrus aircraft and airport fire rescue vehicle. Angel Flight Network, Civil Air Patrol, Dutchess Community College Aviation Program and the Poughkeepsie Pilots Association will also have displays and information available. There will be Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seminar “Proper Approach for Landing” at 1pm in the terminal building. Helicopter rides will be available (for a fee) throughout the day.

This year’s event will feature a Fire Department Muster Competition and Show where local fire departments will compete in a variety of firematic activities such as hose lay and roll races, ladder climbs, bucket brigades, and more. The competition will begin at 11am and will continue throughout the day until approximately 4pm. There will also be antique fire trucks on display from many local fire companies.

There will also be plenty of activities for families and kids including K-9 demonstrations from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, barbershop quartet performances by the Poughkeepsie New Yorkers, building craft workshops from Home Depot, face painting and bouncy house inflatables.    

Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected throughout the day for local Castle Point veterans.

The Dutchess County Airport contributes nearly $45 million annually to the local economy. Each year, 73,000 aircrafts land or depart from the Dutchess County Airport.

For more information, call the Dutchess County Airport at 463-6000 or visit  


- Home Depot Kids Workshops: 11am-4pm

- Poughkeepsie New Yorkers Barbershop Quartet performances: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

- Proper Approach to Landings FAA seminar: 1pm

- DC Sheriff Office K-9 demonstration: 11am and 2pm