Madras' signature event — the Airshow of the Cascades — set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, will feature new acts, as well as returnees at the Madras Municipal Airport.
"We're looking forward to another great air show for this year," said Joe Krenowicz, president of the air show's board of directors. "Every year, the attendance has grown with the unique and always changing aerial performances, changing static displays and new vendors."
The Here's to the Heroes Title Sponsor, Budweiser, is once again enabling the air show to offer free general admission to veterans, who must show their ID at the gate. General admission tickets are $15 for age 13 and older, and $5 for youths ages 6-12; kids age 5 and under get in free. The price of the ticket inludes admission to the Erickson Aircraft Collection, on Berg Drive, at the airport. Tickets can be purchased online at airshowofthecascades.com.
"As we have grown, the need for financial support grows as well, in our attempt to meet guest expectations, safety and changing up the experience every year," said Krenowicz. "Daimler Truck, manufacturer of Freightliner trucks, with their new testing facility at the Madras airport, recognizes the value of this signature event in Madras and is our presenting sponsor this year."
Krenowicz, who is also the executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, said that it takes more than 300 volunteers to prepare in advance by setting up the site three days ahead of time, to manage the two-day air show, and to tear down over a couple of days afterwards.
Lysa Vattimo, who helps organize the event, said that the city could still use more volunteers.
"If people are planning to volunteer, we need them to register online at airshowofthecascades.com. I'm sure we could use another 100 volunteers," she said, advising those who would like to volunteer to go to the air show's website and sign up under the "Volunteer" tab.
"We've got a couple acts that are brand new to Madras — Yellow Thunder, two brothers out of Canada, flying T6, and we've got Yuichi Takagi, flying a Pitts S-2S," said Vattimo.
"And then we always have our crowd favorites, Dan Buchanan, with his motorized hang glider, and Renny Price, who flies a Russian Sukhoi," she said. "We're bringing back Justin Homan with his Metal Mulisha, with his aerobatic motorcycle tricks."
Gates open for the air show at 2 p.m. Friday, with the fish and chips dinner and special music Friday at 5:30 p.m., in the main hangar. The airfield closes for the air show at 7 p.m. (See full schedule on page 12A in the Aug. 23 Madras Pioneer.)