All five branches of the military — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy — have been invited to participate in the inaugural Festival D’Avion and are expected to provide unique aircraft displays with hands-on tours and information services.

Ron Malec

The 2018 Festival D’Avion presented by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club – a celebration of freedom and flight – will help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fort Bragg at its VIP Hangar Reception on Friday, April 27 at the Moore County Airport.

More than a dozen high-ranking military officials and dignitaries from the nation’s largest Army base will be in attendance to help kick off the inaugural festival of military might and vintage aircraft, and to help honor the base’s centennial.

A limited amount of tickets are on sale to the general public for this special evening at www.festivaldavion.com.

The hangar reception from 6-8 p.m. will consist of North Carolina-themed hors d’oeuvres, such as shrimp and grits and beverage offerings, special military displays, a jump by the Children of Fallen Heroes Skydiving Angels, aircraft and vintage showcase car staging — even a 100th birthday caked prepared by the Fort Bragg culinary team.

“We are humbled and honored that Fort Bragg would include the inaugural Festival D’Avion as part of its year-long centennial celebrations,” said Festival D’Avion co-founder David Droschak. “Fort Bragg has long been a sense of pride for those of us in the Sandhills and across the state of North Carolina.”

The Festival D’Avion is offering a special Military “Family Four-Pack” Ticket Package that costs all active and retired military families just $10. Those special military tickets must be purchased online at www.festivaldavion.com.

The first-of-its-kind festival April 27-29 will feature vintage collector planes and military aircraft displays from all five branches of the service, along with a Saturday evening concert by one of the nation’s premier Chicago tribute bands, Chicago Rewired, and a BBQ Cook Off on Sunday sponsored by Cheerwine.

All five branches of the military — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy — have been invited to participate and are expected to provide unique aircraft displays with hands-on tours and information services.

The 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus will perform at the 2018 Festvial D’Avion presented by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club as will the Black Daggers Jump Team and jumpers from the Children of Fallen Heroes.

Tickets to the aircraft festival located in the heart of the Sandhills are $30 each and include entry each day and the live concert by Chicago Rewired. A limited number of premium tickets to the concert are on sale by logging into www.festivaldavion.com and clicking on the ticket tab.

A special buy one, get one free introductory ticket offer is available until early April at the Country Bookshop in downtown Southern Pines, the Old Sport Gallery and Villager Deli in the Village of Pinehurst and the Pinehurst Resort Members Club for Pinehurst Members only. A limited number of VIP concert seats and VIP parking passes can also be purchased at www.festivaldavion.com.

Concessions will be served each day, along with North Carolina craft beers and wine. General parking will be located at Sandhills Community College, less than a five minute shuttle ride to the 2018 Festival D’Avion.

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