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Airway Heights Day annual event brings our summer to a close each year with a fun filled Friday night and all day excitement on Saturday. Airway Heights Days takes over our 10 acre Sunset Park in the heart of the city and turns it into a hub fun and exciting activities for the family to enjoy. Airway Heights Days celebrates a number of annual traditions such as racing (and smashing) custom designed watermelon racers, followed by a movie under the stars to kick off the weekend. This truly is a community festival for any and everyone to enjoy. Be sure to come and enjoy a variety of free family activities, local food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and much more.

Airway Heights Days also serves as a fundraiser for two our our local non-profits: The Airway Heights Kiwanis Club and CARES (Citizens Associated fro Recreation, Education, & Social Equity). Both of these amazing organizations serve to improve our community through their focused missions. The Airway Heights Kiwanis Club, a member of Kiwians International, works to serve the children in our community by creating opportunities for growth, support, and success. CARES works to improve the quality of life to the community by promoting and supporting programs, activities, and opportunities that expose community members to new recreational opportunities as well as educating young people on the importance of making positive life choices.

SEE YOU AT the 2024 Airway Heights Days!

Things To Do

Friday Night Community Festivities

    • Kiwanis Watermelon Races
    • Darla’s School of Dance Summer Performance
    • Summer Moonlight Movie
    • Kiwanis Beer Garden

Saturday Activities

    • Kids Zone Inflatables Sponsored by The Spokane Tribe of Indians
    • Carnival Games
    • 2nd Chance Ranch Petting Zoo
    • Happy Camper Photo Booth
    • Local Vendors


    • Matadors Auto Club Car Show & Shine
    • Skyview Heights Beer Garden
    • Grocery Outlet Corn Hole Tournament
    • Live Entertainment


Watermelon Races

Gather your pit crew and get your watermelon to the annual Airway Heights Days KICK-OFF EVENT…The Watermelon Races brought to you by the Airway Heights Kiwanis Club. Enjoy the spectacle Friday night August 24th, as Sunset Park is transformed into Watermelon Pit Row, where creativity runs wild and it’s smash or be smashed. Build your watermelon racer and feel the thrill of competing in this fun and spirited family friendly community event.

Each summer this event brings families and business together for a fun action packed community event.  Families and businesses celebrate teamwork, creativity, ingenuity, diversity and fair play, in the quest for the Championship Plaque. Businesses can issue official challenges to other businesses for the ultimate prize…bragging rights!

Handcrafted watermelon racers are built following official Watermelon Racer Rules (see below). Racers are placed side by side and let loose down the race ramp.  First racer to the finish line wins and moves on to the next round…the loser…gets smashed with the Mallet-O-Justice by their competitor or in rare cases granted amnesty. All races are single elimination; so build a racer that can withstand multiple races.

Prizes are awarded for: Grand Champion – Resident and Corporate, Best Decorated, Most Innovative Design, Best Team Spirit and Best Crash.

4:30PM-5:15PM Racer Check In (All racers must be preregistered by 8/16/24)

5:15PM Best Decorated & Most Innovative Design Judging

5:30PM Let the Races Begin!Racers NOT checked in and on display by 5:15PM in the Pit Row may be excluded from Best Decorated and Most Innovative Design judging before the races.


CORPORATE CUP – $20 Corporate Division is for a year of bragging rights! Winner of the Corporate Cup will win the traveling plaque to be displayed in their business for the next year. Be sure to issue and official Challenge Sheet to another local business be pitted against each other in the first round.

RESIDENTS RACE – $5 Residents and community members go head-to-head and race for fun in a blind draw single elimination tournament style race and a chance to take home the Championship Plaque!

All Race proceeds go to the Airway Heights Kiwanis Club.
Limited space is available for this event. (All racers must be preregistered by 8/16/23)
Payment due at the event. Debit & credit cards now accepted.


Click here for the Corporate Cup Challenge Sheet


Sponsored by The Airway Heights Grocery Outlet

Team up and toss some bags at the 2024 Airway Heights Day Cornhole Tournament. Backyard & Comp Corn Divisions – Doubles format. Prizes awarded for 1st & 2nd Place in each division! Divisions may be combined based on registration numbers.

Tournament will be following the American Cornhole Association rules and regulations.



The center of Airway Heights Days is the annual show and shine car show! This great community car show hosted by the Matadors Auto Club, takes place from 10am to 4pm in the ball field of Sunset Park and has some of the greater West Plains area’s best cars on display. From classic cars and hot rods to imports and tuners, motorcycles and more!


Portion of entry fees go to benefit the CARES non-profit Youth Recreation Scholarship Program.

For more information and to register your car please contact:

This event is organized by and hosted the Matadors Auto Club.


2024 Entertainment Lineup

Friday August 23rd

7:00PM – Darla’s School of Dance Summer Performance

Saturday August 24th

11:00AM-1:00PM – The Jim Bury Band Rock – Blues – Folk – Americana

2:00-4:00PM – Alchemy Jazz and Soft Classic Rock

5:00-7:00PM – DinoSoars
Come Soar with us! Four seasoned musicians dedicated to engaging audiences of all ages & tastes in musical styles.


Be a part of this great community event by giving help in a variety of areas or services. We sign off on all hours served for volunteerism. We do not accept court appointed community service hours.

Example of volunteer opportunities:

  • Event set up
  • Clean up during and after
  • Kids Zone attendants
  • Special Activity coordination and assistance (Cornhole, Car Show, Petting Zoo, etc.)
  • Special Services – If you have service that could be beneficial to the event such as MCing and making announcements.

Call (509)244-4845  for more info on volunteering or to get signed up today!


Airway Heights Day offers local and regional businesses or organizations the opportunity to get in on the action and creatively promote in the community while supporting the largest of our community events.  Each year this event brings live entertainment, children’s activities, annual traditions, and variety of vendors to Sunset Park for a day of fun for everyone. This annual event is an excellent opportunity to be recognized as an organization that is making an impact on our community by supporting an event that is important to the Airway Heights Community.

For more information on sponsorship levels and activities, please contact Airway Heights Parks & Recreation at (509)244-4845.