Tickets went on sale for the 20th Annual Airshow of the Cascades Wednesday, Feb. 26, and this year's show has a special attraction.
The U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team will perform both days of the show, which runs Aug. 28-29.
The team is just one of the three aerial demonstration teams sanctioned by the Department of Defense; the others are the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels.
Airshow board member Rick Allen said the board has been talking with the Golden Knights for a couple of years.
He and fellow board member Ben Ochs were in Las Vegas the first week of December, and representatives from the performing team were taking applications.
Ochs talked with them and they agreed to come.
The city of Madras and Jefferson County have each given $5,000 toward expenses.
Allen said he isn't sure exactly how much hosting the group will cost, but he estimates it will be between $15,000 and $20,000.
The 16-member team charges $4,000 per day. "And then we will also, of course, take care of their hotel rooms and rental cars and things like that," Allen said.
"The good thing is you don't pay for any fuel or any of the other stuff," he said. The military pays to fly from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where the team is based.
"As a good show, but a smaller show, you're competing with shows that draw 100,000 people," Allen said. "we are always trying to get military acts that will work for us."
Allen said people, especially kids, enjoy seeing military planes and performers.
"The excitement, the speed, the noise, the professionalism that comes with the military," he said.
The Golden Knights will have a tent at the show, as well, and the team will interact with kids and probably sign autographs, Allen said. Because the Army uses the event for recruitment, it will probably bring other "static displays," too, Allen said.
The board is expecting an increase in attendance because of the Golden Knights' appearance.
Last year, the VIP area sold out on Friday, and premier seating sold out on Saturday.
In addition to its regular VIP tent, which includes meals, the board is adding 150 Flight Line Club tickets for $60 for adults and $32 for kids. The club provides shade and seating on the flight line, as well as water and snacks.
Other entertainment includes Friday night fireworks, Bend bands Precious Byrd and Sweet Red & the Hot Rod Billies.
Tickets are 20% off through May 31 and can be purchased at cascadeairshow.com.
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