Saturday, September 13, 2003

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Five festive tips

Look skyward: Lunken Airport celebrates its 75th anniversary and the 80th anniversary of passenger service with the Cincinnati Lunken Air Show, two days that include a whole fleet of vintage planes and a ton of people looking heavenward. Most likely watching Bobby Younkin, an air show professional out of Springdale, Ark., doing his aerobatics in Beech 18 and a Pitts Biplane Samson. Meanwhile, Jimmy Franklin will bring his Wild Waco biplane and son Kyle will "wing walk."

For kids: Or they might be watching Otto the Helicopter, a basic helicopter painted with a clown face. A biiiig, smiling clown face. Otto plays with a 75-pound yo-yo, conducts bubble gum contests and just sort of clowns around for about 30 minutes. In the sky, of course.

Ogle this: But most people are there to see the planes, including fully restored and freshly polished warbirds, airliners and modern military aircraft. Some will be in the air, some cooling their heels on display. Pay special attention to the Wright "B" Flyer, a replica of the Wright-Brother's Model B Military Flyer that was built in the early 1900s. And you might also want to check out this year's headline attraction: The Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first African-American military airmen. These pilots, trained in Tuskegee, Ala., flew as volunteers during World War II as the armed forces were still in segregation.

Rules 'n tips: As always with these big outdoor fests, there are no pets allowed. Likewise, no glass containers, coolers or alcohol permitted. And for smokers: The flight line and anywhere near the plane are no smoking zones. Fuel, you know.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, just remember to hang on tight in the strong flight line winds.

The details: It's 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday at the airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., $12, free under 12, plus there's a $5-per-car parking fee. Food and drink are available there, mostly festival fare running $2-$5 Visit for information and directions.

Oktober rolls on

The wursts: Cincinnati's string of Oktoberfests keeps rolling along as the Catholic Kolping Society of Cincinnati fires up the grill and taps a keg for its Oktoberfest. They're doing it up as close to authentic as possible , with authentic German foods and beers, entertainment from Bidingen, Germany, dancers and stuff to keep the kids busy, too. It's 4 p.m.-midnight today, 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 851-7951.

All day . . . and free

A Latino touch: This one's the real deal - authentic and tons of fun. It's the ninth annual Festival Hispano, complete with mountains of Hispanic dishes, Latin music, folk dancing and close to 20,000 fun people bent on partying. It's a production of the Hispanic Community of Greater Cincinnati and runs noon-10 p.m. today and noon-8 p.m. Sunday at St. Charles Borromeo Church-Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center, Fairpark and Seymour avenues, Carthage. Call 948-1760 or visit

Outdoorsy touch

Varoom: The Derby City Mustang Car Club of Louisville roars in with its annual All Ford Car Show at the General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. The show rolls out 125 cars, from 1964-2003 Mustangs and some special interest cars dating back to the '50s. Other Ford vehicles will be on display as well. Not to mention free train rides, putt-putt and paddle boats for all registered attendees and their families. It's 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and it's free. (502) 228-5281 or

Jim Knippenberg

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