Moore County Airport to host the Second Annual Festival Honoring the Military

The second annual Festival D’Avion presented by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club will take place April 12-13, 2019 and features military might, vintage Warbird aircraft, precision jump team exhibitions and a celebration concert, along with several new offerings that include a unique 5K run and a kids play zone.

The festival honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces. All five branches of the military have approved participation and will provide a variety of static aircraft and military equipment displays.

The “Spirit of Freedom,” a Douglas C-54E transport aircraft with a museum inside dedicated to the Berlin Airlift, will be on site, along with the renowned Bandit Flight Team and “must-see” collectable aircraft.

The Festival D’Avion kicks off April 12 with a special VIP Hangar Party, sponsored by the North Carolina Defense Business Association, followed by a Celebration Concert featuring the ultimate Eagles tribute band, “On the Border.” There will be a special jump team demonstration from Children of Fallen Heroes following the concert and again during the Festival D’Avion on April 13.

The following day will feature a full day of special aircraft displays, scheduled aircraft fly-overs, exhibits and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. New for 2019 will be a “Junior Flyer” Kids Play Zone with inflatable games and activities for kids of all ages, a Runway 5K fun run on the airport taxiway, and a Food Truck Fly-In with on-site food and beverages, including craft beer and North Carolina wine.

Helicopter tours and bi-plane rides were extremely popular during last year’s inaugural festival and will once again be available to patrons wishing to take in Moore Country from the air.

“The Festival D’Avion is fun for the entire family and one of the most unique events in the area,” said Moore County airport manager Ron Maness. “Seeing all the kids climbing into military helicopters and touring a huge military transport plane with the help of our soldiers, getting a true ‘hands-on experience’ was wonderful, and the coordinated fly-out at the end of the event last year gave everybody goose bumps.”

General parking will once again be located at the Moore County Airport each day.

Ticket Information

An introductory ticket offer to the “Celebration of Freedom and Flight” at the Moore County Airport begins October 31, 2018 at various local tickets outlets, along with online sales at

The ticket price remains $30 per ticket, with a special buy one get one free offering at local ticket outlets available through Dec. 31. Military discounts include two tickets for a total of $10. Children under 12 years old are free with a paying adult. VIP parking, along with additional upgraded concert and VIP experiences, are available for purchase online only.

Local ticket outlets for the 2019 Festival D’Avion include the Moore County Airport, the Country Book Shop and The Heritage Flag Company in Southern Pines, Old Sport & Gallery and Villager Deli in the Village of Pinehurst, and Pinehurst Country Club (Pinehurst Members Only). Local Harris Teeter grocery stores will begin selling tickets to the event in February 2019.

Also visit to register to enter to win the festival’s grand prize drawing, which includes your choice of one helicopter tour or one bi-plane ride, 4 front-row tickets to the celebration concert, 4 tickets to the VIP Hangar Party and a commemorative Festival D’Avion gift pack.

Southern Pines, N.C. (August 10, 2018) – Beverly Stewart from the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was awarded the “Patsy B. Smith Award (Outstanding Affiliate Member)” by the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) at their Annual Meeting in Greenville, NC on July 23, 2018.

The Patsy B. Smith Award is the highest award presented in the Affiliate or CVB membership category. While recognizing outstanding professionalism and exemplary service to the association community, the award also recognizes a member’s contribution to his or her employing organization and to other professional organizations.

Beverly Stewart has been a member of AENC since 1995, serving on numerous committees, and on the Board of Directors from 2000-2002 and again in 2015-2017. She brings her expertise and professionalism to the AENC table to the benefit of all members of the organization.

“This is totally unexpected and a thrill to be recognized by the AENC members. I’ve worked with so many of them over the years. It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Stewart.

Stewart was nominated for the award by Daniel Wilson, Executive Director of the NC Rural Water Association. “Beverly is always among the first to volunteer and has provided the support of the CVB,” says Wilson. “Her outgoing personality and glowing smile compliments the atmosphere of AENC and exemplifies what hospitality is all about.”

As Vice President of Sales for the CVB, Stewart is one of the reasons groups have returned to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area time after time. “Beverly exemplifies what a CVB professional should be,” says Wilson. “She is a true ambassador for the Home of American Golf. As a lifetime citizen to the area she represents, her passion and enthusiasm for the Moore County area is unprecedented.”

Recently Stewart was named Interim President and CEO of the CVB, an indication of the trust the CVB Board has in her and her ability.


The Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours, and is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.