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14th annual Seaplane-A-Palooza set next month in Tavares

The 14th annual Seaplane-A-Palooza will take place in America’s Seaplane City, Tavares, at their seaplane base on the shore of Lake Dora. (FA1)

This fly-in spectacular titled, Planes, Tunes & BBQ will begin on Friday afternoon April 1 through Saturday, April 2. On Friday the show will open at 4 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. with live music and food vendors.

The Tavares Seaplane base
The Tavares Seaplane base

On Saturday morning starting at 8:30 pilots can sign in to take part in the various flying contests for which there will be awards. Start practicing your short takeoffs and landings on your nearby waterways so you will be ready. The traditional watermelon bombing contest will also take place.

Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures will host a rooftop Low Country Boil meal with plenty of food and drink. This will be a great place from which to watch the twilight airshow and fireworks.

There will be plenty of room to nose onto the grassy beach.
There will be plenty of room to nose onto the grassy beach.

Seaplane-A-Palooza fly-in is always held the weekend before Sun ‘n Fun, the second largest air show in the country which is held in Lakeland, this year between April 5-10. Many seaplane pilots like to arrive on Friday, spend the weekend in America’s Seaplane City, then leave on Monday morning for the short one-hour flight to Lakeland.

Tavares offers plenty of overnight accommodations and restaurants close to Wooton Park and the seaplane base, where all the action will take place.

There is plenty of room to nose into the grassy beach or two large ramps for the amphibians. One of the ramps has fuel of 90 octane and 100 LL.  As you approach the seaplane base you can call them on 122.975.


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