Cranky Dorkfest DFW is coming! Here is everything you need to know, including how to buy raffle tickets. Due to airport rules, raffle tickets must be bought in advance.

What: Cranky Dorkfest DFW
When: February 24 from 1p to 3p
Where: Founders’ Plaza at 1700 N Airfield Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051
Why: Because you like to watch airplanes, talk shop with fellow avgeeks, eat good food, and win raffle prizes

This year we’re going to have a raffle for some pretty exciting prizes. Each raffle ticket is just $5, and you can buy as many as you’d like to increase your chances of winning, but you have to buy them in advance. Half the proceeds will go to Challenge Air for Kids & Friends. If you’d like to buy tickets, you can do it right below here. (Keep in mind, you must be present when your name is called to win.) Or keep reading below that to hear more about the event.

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Raffle tickets must be bought in advance, so if you want to have a chance at prizes, make sure to pay above.

Prizes have been donated from a variety of companies including American Airlines, Boeing, DFW Airport, Mitsubishi, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and more. Here are some examples (prizes not guaranteed if a company fails to deliver as promised):

  • A seat on the last revenue American MD-80 flight (date/flight TBD pending flight schedules)
  • Free tickets on Spirit Airlines
  • Aircraft models as large as 1/100 scale including a Southwest 737-800, United 787s and 777s, and some Boeing aircraft
  • United and American lounge passes
  • American and United amenity kits
  • Two VIP behind-the-scenes tours at DFW for you and a guest
  • For the true avgeeks, DFW is giving away this vintage sign which was still hanging in a closed off part of Terminal B until recently:
  • Keychains, stickers, and hats
  • More prizes are coming in each day, so the list is not final

Challenge Air for Kids & Friends

I wanted to choose a local charity to benefit from the raffle, so I found Challenge Air for Kids & Friends which is based in Dallas. Challenge Air’s mission is “to build confidence and self-esteem in children and youth with special needs through the gift of flight.” It holds Fly Days in cities around the country with one in McKinney coming up on March 23. Half of all net proceeds from the raffle will go to Challenge Air. If you’d like to get involved as a pilot or volunteer, Challenge Air will be at Cranky Dorkfest with more information on how you can get involved.


There will be food trucks from both Easy Slider (for, uh, sliders) and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe (sandwiches) there. Please come hungry and enjoy the food while we watch airplanes.

Getting to Founders’ Plaza

Founders’ Plaza is located at 1700 N Airfield Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051 north of DFW. There will be parking available for all whether at Founders’ Plaza itself or at a nearby overflow lot. Just drive to Founders’ Plaza and officers will be there to direct you to parking. Here is the location of the overflow lot:

If you are coming from the airport, you can take a shuttle to the Remote North lot and walk just over a mile to Founders’ Plaza. You can also take TEXRail to the DFW Airport North station.

Of course, Uber and Lyft are always options.

Social Media

Attending the event and want to get social? There’s plenty of ways to let your fellow avgeeks know about it!

A Snapchat filter will be available to use on Sunday, as long as you are in the designated area whether it be walking up to Founders’ or at the Plaza, you should be able to swipe over and see the Dorkfest DFW filter.

Want to let your friends know ahead of time? Visit the Facebook event page, RSVP and you will have the option of updating your profile picture with the Dorkfest DFW filter and will also be available for use on Facebook Stories.

While there is no official hashtag for the event, we do encourage you to tag @crankyflier and @DFWAirport in your social media channel of choice.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our two primary sponsors for making this happen: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines. I’d also like to thank all of the companies donating prizes for the raffle to help make this an unforgettable event.

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