Wings & Wheels 2017 planning is officially under way

This year’s Wings & Wheels event is set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

Things will kick off that Friday, with Aviation Education Day, during which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport, learning from aviation experts. The 2017 featured speaker for Education Day is Joe Edwards, NASA shuttle commander.

On Friday evening, Smooth Sound will take the stage for the Big Band Dinner Dance, which is held in a hangar at the Delaware Coastal Airport. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Delmarvelous Dolls, Ken Huff & Mr. Goodwood, ventriloquist, and the current Miss Delaware.

The ticket price for the dinner-dance is $50 per person and includes a buffet meal consisting of beef tenderloin, manicotti, side dishes, desserts and more.

To purchase tickets, visit the Wings & Wheels website at or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at (302) 856-1544.

That Saturday’s free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning with an opening ceremony including the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Sussex Central ROTC Color Guard.

Events at the airport throughout the day include vintage aircraft fly-in, car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, and, once again, aircraft will participate in a Flour Bombing Competition at 2 p.m. (For vendor or car show registration information, visit the Wings & Wheels website or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.)

Sponsors of the festival include Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers, Northrup Grumman, Fulton Bank, Nanticoke Health Services, the Insurance Market, Sussex County Delaware, Southern Delaware Tourism and Adams Radio Group. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at (302) 856-1544 for information.