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Once again, 123JUNK is participating in the annual Dulles Days Festival & Plane Pull, held at Dulles Airport on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Come on out and watch our team try to win bragging rights for the fastest pull. We’ve never won yet, but there’s always a first time!
And don’t miss the Kid’s Pull where teams of 8 children vie to see who can pull a big red 123JUNK dump truck the fastest. That alone is worth seeing!
The Plane Pull isn’t just for fun, it is an essential fund-raising activity that needs your support. Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, the annual Plane Pull is a mega-fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics Virginia, a program that provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and year-round training and competitions to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages. Funds are raised in several ways including team entry fees and donations. The first Dulles Days Festival & Plane Pull was held in 1993, and since that time, Special Olympics Virginia has raised more than two million dollars. Today, Plane Pulls are held in states throughout America.
In the Plane Pull, watch as teams of 25 adults compete to see which can pull a 164,000-pound airplane for a distance of 12 feet in the fastest time. Each team must raise the entry fee of $1,500, or $60 per team member. For children, the challenge is to pull at 123JUNK dump a similiar distance.
No matter whether you are pulling the plane or cheering on the teams, there is plenty to do at the Festival. This year features the 18th annual Dulles Day Car Show, entertainment by UDOVOODOO and the Happy Hour Boys, concessions, exhibitors, Police K-9 demonstrations, and unique military and civilian aircraft on display. Let the kids enjoy the Kids Zone with bouncing, dancing and playing along with a “Dunk a Cop” dunk tank.
Gates open at 10:30 a.m., festivities begin at 11:00, and the plane pull commences at 11:30. The event runs through 4:00 p.m. Please note that no backpacks, coolers, firearms or pets (except for service animals) are allowed. Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine. It takes place on the tarmac behind cargo buildings 5 and 6, with ample free parking on the airport grounds and shuttle buses to transport people to the festival entrance.
On behalf of 123JUNK, please support Special Olympics Virginia, and come on out to the Festival. We’ll be there.
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