The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull® is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound airplane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $2000 to participate – that’s just $80 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 27,000 athletes of all ages.
If pulling a plane seems just a bit beyond your reach – how about a truck? The Kids Truck Pull pits teams of children against a big red 123JUNK truck; the team who pulls the truck 12 feet the fastest wins. Each child must raise a minimum of $10 to compete and will receive a T-shirt.
Still not convinced you’ve got the muscles for the job? Join us as a volunteer, an event sponsor, an event exhibitor… or as a “fan” of Special Olympics Virginia. The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull®, presented by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, also features live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Event admission and parking are free.
Gates open Saturday at 10:30 am, with event festivities beginning at 11 am; gates close at 3:45 pm, with festivities ending at 4 pm.
Please note: no backpacks, coolers, firearms, knives, weapons or pets, unless service animals, will be allowed. Baby bags and bags for medical purposes will be allowed but hand seached first.
ALL event attendees must go through security prior to entering the event space. Please prepare for a potential delay entering the event.
History of the Plane Pull
Since the first-ever Plane Pull was held in 1993 at Dulles International Airport, Special Olympics Virginia has raised more than $2,000,000 for athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state, and also started a worldwide plane-pulling phenomenon. Today, similar Plane Pulls are held throughout the year in Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Tennessee and Texas. Read more about the event’s history on our Event History page.