Strawberry Festival: Take a wild plane ride, car ride

What better way is there to spend a morning or afternoon than to take an airplane ride or climb inside a high-powered sports car?

Visitors to the London Strawberry Festival can do both, thanks to two events running in conjunction with this year’s festival.

Taking Flight

Free plane rides are available for kids ages 8 to 17.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 9 invites youngsters between the ages of 8 and 17 to enjoy free plane rides at the Madison County Airport between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 21.

EAA has conducted its Young Eagles program in London several times. This year, the Strawberry Festival organizers convinced EAA to hold their next program during the festival.

EAA is an international organization that promotes all forms of recreational aviation. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisc., EAA has over 1,000 chapters around the world.

EAA’s Young Eagles flights are flown by licensed, experienced volunteer pilots who are happy to answer all questions. The program’s purpose is to show kids what flying is about and possibly spark in them an interest in aviation as a career or hobby.

Pre-registration for the free flights is not required, but a parent or guardian must sign a waiver form that will be available at the airport.

Youngsters who take a Young Eagles flight receive a certificate, and their names are entered into the world’s largest logbook at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Wisconsin.

The Madison County Airport is located at 1281 U.S. Rte. 40 SW, three miles north of downtown London. Call 740-852-5040 for directions and information. Check out the local EAA chapter Web site at

Cobra cars on the prowl

 The Ohio Cobra Club raffles off a car every year.

For six years, the Strawberry Festival and Madison County Courthouse in downtown London have served as the backdrop for the London Cobra Show. The showy cars make quite the spectacle on the city streets. This year’s show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21.

Spectators need not limit their Cobra experiences to just “oohs’ and “aahs” from the outside looking in. For a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, they can climb into the passenger seat of one of the cars for a burnout down Main Street.

The Ohio Cobra Club also conducts a raffle. Tickets are $20 each and one prize is given away—an actual Cobra car. Superformance is building this year’s prize vehicle. The winner will be announced on June 21 during the festival. The holder of the winning ticket does not need to be present to win.

For more about the full schedule of events for the Cobra gathering, go to

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