With fall forecasted to be thick in the air this weekend, the city of Denison will once again celebrate the Oct. 14 birth of its most famous resident, President Dwight David Eisenhower. The Saturday celebration will be multifaceted this year, as Denison honors our nation’s 34th leader and one of the greatest military strategist the country has ever known.

With fall forecasted to be thick in the air this weekend, the city of Denison will once again celebrate the Oct. 14 birth of its most famous resident, President Dwight David Eisenhower. The Saturday celebration will be multifaceted this year, as Denison honors our nation’s 34th leader and one of the greatest military strategist the country has ever known.


Festivities will kickoff at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the "I Like Ike" 5K race and "Fun Run," with registration slated to begin at 7 a.m. Free parking will be available at Main and Houston streets, with a TAPS shuttle providing transport between that location and the birthplace site from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Later in the day, the shuttle will also provide service to the Perrin Field Museum and World Aerobatics Championship at North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field.


The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, located at 609 South Lamar Ave., will be open for free tours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. At noon, the City will provide free hot dogs at the pavilion at that location, followed by birthday cake at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the day, the site will host a variety of activities, including a parachute packing demonstration, military vehicle displays, and children’s crafts.


The memorial site at Loy Lake will host a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. for a Purple Heart bench and other veteran-related monuments. If rain hampers the event, it will instead be held at 11 a.m. at the birthplace site.


The Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with World War II veterans on site to meet and greet visitors. The aerobatics championship at the air field next door will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch at 1 p.m.


Downtown, the Red River Railroad Museum will hold those same hours, with train rides for kids all day and a veterans display. Naval recreation specialist David McVey will be on hand to answer questions about his 17-ship fleet of 1:350 models in the afternoon.


Back at the birthplace site, a group of reenactors will stage an Axis and Allies battle at 2:30 p.m.


The weekend celebration will conclude with a pair of parachute jumps at NTRA, to be held at 6:30 p.m., both Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.