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SXM Air Show to Close Off St. Martin Day Celebrations

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Sunday, November 8, 2015) - The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, will be organizing a first-of-its-kind Air Show on Sunday, November 15, 2015 on the Boardwalk. The event will bring the curtain down on the St. Martin Day celebrations.

“We’d like to think that St. Martin Day activities begin at the airport – especially for our visitors – and will end appropriately with the airport’s SXM Air Show,” said Regina LaBega, managing director of the airport.

The Air Show will be coordinated by the award-winning Red Bull Air Race pilot, Frank Versteegh, who has over 40 years experience in aviation. He has flown more than 180 different kinds of aircraft in over 1,400 aerobatic displays in 40 countries.

In addition, Versteegh is chairman of the working group charged with writing new Air Show rules and regulations for the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority.

“We are confident that the SXM Air Show, which will also feature sky diving, will be a thrilling experience for the whole island,” added LaBega.

Besides the Air Show, the event will include a Family Fun Day, with lots of interesting activities for children and adults as well.

The Family Fun Day will feature dance and music – from steel pan to DJs, with crowd favorites, Youth Waves band dishing out their various hits and taking the fans into a special edition of the Boardwalk Jazz Festival, which is organized in collaboration with the Downstreet Community Council.

Highlight of the Boardwalk Jazz Festival will be Carlyle Barriteau, a home-grown international guitarist based in the USA.

“This event, which starts at noon and ends just before midnight, is our gift to the island as an exclamation mark on the St. Martin Day celebrations,” LaBega said, while urging the entire population to come out and enjoy a “spectacular and unique” event.