On Sept. 20, the skies will be alive with action during the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show at Camdenton Memorial Airport. This free air show honors veterans and active military members, as well as providing an early-autumn activity for the community and visitors.

On Sept. 20, the skies will be alive with action during the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show at Camdenton Memorial Airport.  This free air show honors veterans and active military members, as well as providing an early-autumn activity for the community and visitors.

"The Lake of the Ozarks Air Show delights audiences and honors military heroes each year through the generosity of our sponsors," Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen said. "The annual air show is a really cool event that will undoubtedly be an awesome experience for everyone who attends. There's still time to make plans to come to the Lake and have a fun and memorable getaway."

Thrilling aviation acts for this year's show include the P-51 "Gunfighter," a WWII plane performing aerobatics; stunt flying by Team Vortex and G&M Airshows; wing walking by Dave Dacy Airshows; and performances by the Free-Fall Express Skydivers and the KC Flight Formation Team.  The Chevrolet Flash Fire Jet Truck will be racing across the ground, as well.

The opening ceremonies for the event are at 10 a.m., but the fun begins even earlier with entertainment from the Fort Leonard Wood band at 8 a.m. and a performance by Main Street Opry and LOZ Dance Academy at 9:45 a.m.

 Once again, free flights for veterans are being offered, this year in the B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber.  Organizers say this is another way of thanking those who have served in the armed forces.
The event is fun for several generations of family members. Veterans involved in past conflicts can proudly remember their service, while children can enjoy the fun of Ping-Pong ball drops and flights by remote control planes.

 Vendors will offer food and drinks for the show, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Local civic organizations act as vendors for the event, reinvesting proceeds into the airshow and their own community projects, making the show a benefit to the Camdenton community in many ways.

 For attendees, a convenient free shuttle from the parking lots at the Camdenton R-III schools runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and airport parking is also available for a $5 fee.

The show began with approximately 4,000 attendees four years ago.  Since then, it has been breaking attendance records every year, with last year's show drawing crowds of about 14,000 spectators.  Airport Manager Corey Leuwerke believes the show's location at the Lake deserves the credit. 

"We provide an exciting airshow, plus the opportunity to spend the weekend at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks," he said.

Schedule of Events  

7:30-9:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast to honor military at Hanger D
8-4:30 p.m. Vendor booths and displays open
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Fort Leonard Wood Band performs
9:30 a.m. Main Street Opry & Lake of the Ozarks Dance performs
10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:10 a.m. American Legion Presents Colors
10:20 a.m. Ozark Skydivers & National Anthem performed
10:30 a.m. Opening remarks
10:45 a.m. Brian Correll Modified Pitts Bi-Plane "Cut the Ribbon & Start the Show"
11 a.m. Remote Control Airplane Demonstration
11:15 a.m. Greg Shetterly Teaser Race vs. Sakelaris Ford Vehicle
11:30 a.m. Patrick Carter Pitts Special Bi-Plane Races Hulett Chevrolet Vehicle
11:40 a.m. Chris Darnell Chevrolet Flash Fire Jet Truck - Run 1
12:10 p.m. Ping Pong Drop 1
12:40 p.m. Dave Dacy Stearman Solo Act
12:50 p.m. Brian Correll Modified Pitts Bi-Plane Solo Act
1:10 p.m. KC Flight Formation Team Flying
1:30 p.m. Greg Shetterly DR-107 Solo Act
1:45 p.m. P-51 Mustang Gunfighter Act
2:10 p.m. Team Vortex - Brian Correll & Patrick Carter Dual Pitts High Energy Act
2:30 p.m. Patrick Carter Pitts Special Bi-Plane Races Sakelaris Ford Vehicle
2:45 p.m. Ping Pong Ball Drop 2
3:15 p.m. Wing Walking by Tony Kazian on Dave Dacy's Stearman 450
3:35 p.m. Chris Darnell Chevrolet Flash Fire Jet Truck Races Multiple Aircraft
4 p.m. Airport opens/ rides in all aircraft resume
6-8 p.m. Performer meet and greet at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill