Aerial acts, car show, entertainment for family

by: BILL VOLLMER PHOTO - A shot from last year's air show's evening performance. The 14th Annual Airshow of the Cascades promises two days of fun and excitement.At least 10,000 people are expected to flock to the Madras Municipal Airport Aug. 23-24, for the much anticipated Airshow of the Cascades.

The 14th annual event, sponsored by Morgan Distributing and Budweiser, will feature an up-close view of experienced aerial performers, such as nationally known performer Kent Pietsch, of Minot, N.D., who has three separate acts with his Aeronca Champ: a dead stick landing with the engine off, a clown act, and a car-top landing on a pickup.

Returnees include Bud Granley, of Bellevue, Wash., paraplegic glider pilot Dan Buchanan, of Dayton, Nev., Flying Tenor Will Allen, of Seattle, Wash., Canadian Super Dave Mathieson, and others.

"You can touch the aircraft and actually talk and mingle with the aerial performers," said Mack Gardner, chairman of the 2013 air show.

The gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, with a fish and chip dinner served at 5:30 p.m., in the north hangar, and live music from the Celtic band Triur Amadan from 5-7 p.m. The aerial displays begin at 7 p.m.

Over 100 aircraft, and over 75 classic cars and hotrods will be on display during the two-day event, which costs $10 per person, or $15 for a two-day pass. Veterans and children 12 and under get in free.

Four aircraft from the Jack Erickson collection, the recently acquired B-17 Flying Fortress, and three from the Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum, a P-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, and a P-39 Airacobra will be among the special, World War II aircraft prominently displayed.

A variety of food booths and other vendors' wares will also be featured throughout the event.

In addition to watching the many performers, attendees can pay to take a biplane, helicopter or warbird ride.

A crowd favorite every year is the 500-foot Wall of Fire, by Homeland Fireworks, which also has a choreographed pyrotechnic display and fireworks on Friday night.

On Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. for the Elks Aviator Breakfast, followed by musical and dance entertainment. Aerial performances begin at 1:30 p.m., and the show concludes at 4:55 p.m.

For more information, contact the Madras airport at 541-475-6947.

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