Air Show

Pilots perform stunts during the annual Millville air show in 2007.

Anthony Smedile

MILLVILLE — This coming weekend should be a busy one, with local officials expecting thousands of visitors to attend two early fall events.

The first is Saturday’s Aviation Celebration 2013, which this year organizers say will feature more World War II bombers at the annual event than ever before.

The next event is a block party on Sunday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the reopening of the Levoy Theatre.

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Aviation Celebration 2013 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Millville Airport on Leddon Street and is sponsored by the Millville Army Air Field Museum.

This year’s event features World War II fighters and bombers, along with classic and homebuilt airplanes. One of the featured planes will be a P-47 Thunderbolt, a plane on which hundreds of U.S. Army Corps pilots trained at the country’s first defense airport here during World War II. Only 10 of the original Thunderbolts are still flying.

“We are again proud to present this extensive collection of extremely rare, classic World War II airplanes to the community,” museum President Chuck Wyble said. “Our airplane enthusiasts … will have an opportunity to see more than 20 extremely rare World War II airplanes, as well as experimental and classic aircraft, all up close.”

This year’s event will also feature a World War II veterans’ tent. Visitors can talk to the veterans about their experiences in the war.

Aviation Celebration 2013 will also feature a classic car show, food vendors, helicopter rides and activities for children.

Admission is $5 for everyone over the age of six. The funds benefit the museum.

Sunday’s block party to celebrate the Levoy’s anniversary will be held on High Street between Sassafras and Pine streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event features music, food vendors, face painting and crafts for children, book giveaways at the Millville Public Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free 30-minute paddleboat rides on the Maurice River from the city marina noon to 7 p.m. on Ware Avenue, and the showing of the movie “Brave” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Capt. Buck Riverfront Park.

The Levoy Theatre reopened on Sept. 9, 2012, after being closed since 1974.

The theater opened after an $8.5 million renovation restored the building to its appearance during the 1920s. The theater reopened despite some delays, including a partial collapse in January 2011 that caused much of the old building to crumble.

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