After a year off, the Garfield County Air Fair will return next summer |

After a year off, the Garfield County Air Fair will return next summer

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Air Fair will return next summer, after missing a year due to construction of an realigned runway and other improvements.

The popular event, scheduled for July 8-9 takes place at the Garfield County Regional Airport near Rifle, and last year drew an estimated 15,000 people to watch aerial acrobatics, view vintage planes and check out the airport facility in general.

This year, in addition to the show, attendees will be able to see exactly what the county and the Federal Aviation Administration spent roughly $40 million on over the course of the proceeding year.

“This is really the inauguration of the new facility as far as most of the public is concerned,” said county Dale Hancock, general services director for the county.

He said that that approximately 800 people came to the county’s airport open house in October, and that the county is hoping 20,000 will come to the air show.

Hancock, with County Manager Ed Green and Airport Director Brian Condie, went to an air show in Las Vegas, Nev., recently to line up acts for the show, which is expected to cost approximately $200,000.

Among the acts scheduled for the air show, Hancock said, will be a female aerobatics pilot, who will do a show similar to the display two years ago by Patty Wagstaff, and the Don Nelson Air Show, based in Aurora.

The Indy Boys, from Indianapolis, Ind., will be displaying their rocket-powered school bus, which Hancock said can reach land speeds of up to 600 miles per hour. The bus, he said, stops by means of a parachute.

Other acts will include the Aerostars, who perform acrobatics and tight formations in single-engine prop planes; the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s sky-diving team; and a number of “old warbirds” from the Commemorative Air Force of Midland, Texas. And finally, Hancock said, there will be a B-29 bomber on hand.There will be food vendors on hand, and admission is to be free.

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