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‘Breakout year’ for Denton Airshow

It was a “big breakout year” for the Denton Airshow, said Amanda Addington, marketing director for the annual event that drew more than 10,000 people to Denton Airport this year.

“It was amazing,” Addington said. Saturday’s event included a children’s pavilion, displays, static aircraft and airborne aircraft demonstrations that included the coveted U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II, which selected Denton for one of its limited shows.

A breakfast for pilots benefiting Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home was sold out, she said.

The event also included a beer garden, managed with the help of the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.

“I think we’ve got some really great partnerships,” Addington said, indicating plans are already under way for 2013.

Quite a few performers have already signed up for next year’s show, she said.

Some from the crowd of onlookers on Saturday returned Sunday to see the airplanes off, she said, adding that several requests have come in for a two-day show.

The one challenge was parking and entry into the show, something Addington said is under discussion.

“Looking forward, we’re making some changes in how to facilitate getting people in to accommodate a crowd of over 10,000.”

— Dawn Cobb