By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
At some point you probably have been at Washngton-Dulles International Airport (IAD) using all your might to lug all your belongings. How about using all your might to pull a plane — for a good cause? Sure it’s not every day that you see groups of people on the runway actually pulling a plane, but at the Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull®, that is exactly what happens! The event, on Saturday, September 23, 2017, is the “heaviest” fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia.
Each year the festival pits teams of 25 people against other teams to see who can pull am Airbus weighing more than 164,000 pounds a distance of 12 feet in the fastest amount of time. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate – that’s or around $60 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.
If you’re not up for the challenge of the plane pull itself, no worries: there is plenty for the general public to do. Of course, the big draw is the plan pull, as it’s a fun event to watch. But there is plenty more to do, including live music, children’s games and entertainment, community exhibits, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, 5K and 10K races, food, and more. And admission to the festival is free! The event opens at 10:30 am, with activities starting at 11 am; gates close at 3:45 pm, with festivities ending at 4 pm. Parking also is free. See details on the Dulles Day festival page and note the restrictions (for example, no backpacks or coolers are allowed).
And if your kids seem excited about the plane pull and would like to do that, good news: they have a competition of their own, the Kids Truck Pull, which pits teams of children against a big red 123JUNK truck to see which team can pull the truck 12 feet the fastest wins. Each child must raise a minimum of $10 to compete and will receive a T-shirt.