The Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival is the place to be to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing!
New Apollo 11 Exhibition: During this year's Summer Moon Festival, the museum will have several new artifacts on display for the public to enjoy and learn about. More information on these items will be released soon!
Costumed Astronaut Photograph Opportunities: Periodically throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, a costumed astronaut will be walking around the galleries for individuals and families to take pictures with.
Gemini VIII "Capsule Chat:" On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:00-12:30, a member of the museum staff will be giving a 30 minute in-depth talk at the Gemini VIII capsule, discussing the exciting details of Neil Armstrong's first space mission.
Astronaut/Frogmen Meet & Greet: While in the museum, guests have the opportunity to have a meet and greet session with the astronauts and Apollo 11 frogmen. The NASA astronauts will only be available for the meet & greet session on Saturday while the Apollo 11 frogmen will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. Exact times will be released closer to the event date.
Astronaut/Frogmen Outside Presentations: While not having a meet and greet session, the astronauts and the Apollo 11 frogmen will be having periodic presentations outside on the pavilion main stage for guests to listen to. The astronauts will only be presenting on Saturday while the Apollo 11 frogmen will have presentations scheduled Saturday and Sunday. Exact times will be released closer to the event date.
Lima Astronomical Society: The Lima Astronomical Society will be set up on the museum's north lawn and will be having activities and educating guests on their services and events to the community. The astronomical society will be available only on Saturday and Sunday.
Wright Stuff Rocketeers: Truly a fan favorite, this group of rocket builders will be giving periodic rocket demonstrations throughout the day. Be the group's countdown clock as they lift-off your rocket! The rocketeers will be available only on Saturday and Sunday and will be found on the museum's southwest lawn.
P.I.G.S. Aloft Kite Demonstrations: When the Wright Stuff Rocketeers are not launching rockets, the sky will be filled with beautiful and whimsical kites flown by P.I.G.S. Aloft! Watch as these majestic kites soar through the air. This group will be available only on Saturday and Sunday and will be found on the museum's southwest lawn.
Lunar Rover Demonstrations: Just in time for the Apollo 15 50th anniversary, check out the museum's drivable lunar rover replica! Learn about the complexity of driving a vehicle on the lunar surface and explore the interesting history of the museum's replica, perhaps even catch a driving demo too! The rover will be available only for Saturday and Sunday located on the museum's north lawn.
Kona Ice Truck: Cool off from the mid-July heat with a tasty frozen snack from the Kona Ice truck! The vehicle will be parked in the middle of the museum's southwest lawn and will be available for treats on Saturday and Sunday.
Annual Astronaut Gala: Located at the Neil Armstrong Airport on Saturday, July 17th at 6:00 pm, purchase a ticket and have the opportunity to mingle with the former NASA astronauts and the Apollo 11 frogmen. a link to purchase tickets can be found HERE.
Also during the events on Saturday and Sunday, Mercy Health will be out in a first-aid tent in case any guests need medical attention.
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