Arnold invites public to Air Force Birthday Bash Sept. 28

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Arnold Air Force Base's 704th Services Division is proud to host an Air Force Birthday Bash celebration Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Recreation Beach and Gossick Leadership Center area. The carnival-type event is open to the public and will begin at noon and close with a fireworks display at 8:15 p.m.

This event is free for all ages and will include numerous carnival rides such as the Dixie Cart Wheel, children's Ferris Wheel and Berry Go Round. There will be inflatable rides to include the Galaxy Explorer, Giant Slide, Obstacle Course, Giraffe Bounce and Speed Pitch.

A Quad Bungee Jump and Rock Climbing Wall will also be available. Carnival games will be on hand where winners receive tickets to collect and redeem for various prizes. A bingo tent will be going throughout the day with prizes. Also along the carnival theme will be two clowns roaming and making balloon creations.

Caricature artists, face painters and temporary tattoo artist will be on site as well. A magic show will be performed at 6 p.m. and watch for other magic tricks as he roams throughout the crowd.

No carnival is complete without the ever popular cotton candy, funnel cakes, sno cones and popcorn - all provided free (while supplies last). Other food booths will offer various selections for purchase and Arnold Lakeside Club will operate a beer booth. All wishing to purchase beer must provide proof of age and will be issued a wristband. No coolers or other alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought on site.

Other events throughout the day include a Build-A-Boat Contest where contestants must construct a sailing vessel using only cardboard and duct tape. All materials will be provided to include cutting utensils. Teams may consist of eight members, 18 years of age or older, with two of those serving as captain and first mate to sail in the boat along a designated route.

Boats may be decorated and prior to racing each team will perform a team cheer and introduce their boat. Several categories of awards will be presented. Call (931) 454-6084 to sign up for this event.

The Fitness Center will host a 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament. Sign up in advance at the Fitness Center, (931) 454-6440, or before 1 p.m. the day of the event. Type of play will be determined based on number of teams participating.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day beginning with a D.J. from noon to 4 p.m. Then a local band will take the stage and play from 4-8 p.m.

New this year is a Car and Motorcycle Show. Any and all who wish to show off their rides, from classic to current, can register to compete for ten show awards, best in show and Commander's Choice Trophy. Entry fee is $20 and all registrants will receive an event t-shirt and dash plaque. Register at or call (931) 454-3098 for further information.

Check in will be at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.
This event is sponsored in part by Ascend Federal Credit Union. No federal endorsement of sponsor intended.

For more information on this event contact the 704th Services Marketing office at (931) 454-3128.