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Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show

Dec 04, 2021 — Dec 05, 2021

If you love cars and planes, then you’ll really enjoy SUN ‘n FUN’s Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show in December!

Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show – a Mini SUN ‘n FUN

This Lakeland event includes aircraft displays, a large airplane and car show, plus food vendors, live music, and many other activities. It will be great for the whole family, and it’s pet-friendly. During this event, aircraft parking is free, but SUN ‘n FUN will gladly accept donations.

Short Takeoff and Landing Competition

Headlining the event will be a Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) competition, put on by National STOL. What is a STOL competition, you ask? Pilots will compete to see who can take off and land in the shortest distance. This type of flying dates all the way back to WWI, but it is most associated with back country flying in mountainous regions. You can expect to see over 100 participants, and they will all be vying for a cash prize.

Aviation Town Hall

If you are a pilot, you will have a rare opportunity to meet and interact with some notable industry leaders. On Saturday, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will be sponsoring a General Aviation Town Hall. During this town hall, pilots can submit questions and get live answers on the state of general aviation in the COVID era.

Scheduled Panelists Include

  • SUN ‘n FUN / ACE President and CEO John Leenhouts
  • AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker
  • Experimental Aircraft Association President, CEO and Board Chairman Jack Pelton

Other planned flying activities include a Friday evening Hot Air Balloon Glow, plus a night airshow featuring the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and Wild Blue Rodeo. On Saturday, a balloon launch is planned, plus flybys and sky typing on Saturday from The GEICO Skytypers. You will also be able to purchase an airplane ride from local air ride professionals.

Car & Airplane Shows

The car show will have numerous categories including muscle cars, antique, classic, and exotic, thanks to The Lakeland Corvette Club. The airplane show will have similar categories; Warbird, Vintage, Homebuilt, Aerobatic, and LSA.

You can read more about this event by going to If you’re planning a visit, then read about Spending a Weekend in Lakeland.


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