There are lots of events taking place in Loudoun County during the month of September. One long standing and always entertaining event is the Dulles Plane Pull 2013 – September 14th. This all day event benefits the Special Olympics Virginia organization, helping to provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.
The plan pull is a competition where teams of 25 people go up against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. So that the kids are not forgotten, don’t forget to watch the Kids Truck Pull, where teams of children compete against one another to pull a big red 123Junk Truck.
The history of the Plane Pull is quite interesting. Twenty years ago, retired Deputy Chief Joe Hurtuk came up with the idea of pitting man against machine in an effort to raise money for the Special Olympics. In 1993 the first-ever Plane Pull was held at the Dulles International Airport with only 11 teams participating, raising almost $15,000. From the tradition was born and over the years the festival and Plane Pull has raised more than $1,600,000 benefiting athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia. Similar events now take place Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Tennessee and Texas.
There really is something for everyone at this event; live music, car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits and games and entertainment for the kids. Gates open Saturday the 14th at 10:30 am and the festivities start at 11 am and end 4 pm. Admission and parking is free with shuttle buses available to pick up event goers and transport them to the festival. This is a rain or shine event. To get up-to-date schedule changes, as well as other information, visit http://planepull.com/.
Please note — No backpacks, coolers or pets are allowed inside the festival!!