Air Show returns to Rifle |

Air Show returns to Rifle

Heidi RiceSpecial to the Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

RIFLE, Colorado – Mark your summer calendars this year for the return of the 2011 Rifle Airport 2011 Air Show, which will feature an new array of acts and events on July 8-9.The annual air show was cancelled last year while the airfield was under construction.Beginning at noon on Friday, July 8, the two-day event will start with free inflatable activities and crafts and a children’s air show that takes off at 1 p.m.From 4 – 6 p.m., there will be an afternoon air show, and the main air show will be held from 8:30 – 10 p.m. Both shows will feature a jet-fueled school bus called “School Time” by Indy Boys Inc.”It’s a school bus that breathes fire and rockets down the runway at about 360 miles per hour,” said Brian Condie, manager of the Garfield County Regional Airport.The main air show will include the Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Team, Aerostars, Matt Younkin, Bill Leff and the amazing 1,000-foot “Wall of Fire.””There will also be pyrotechnics and rockets,” Condie said.On Saturday, the day will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the Color Guard, followed by the morning air show from 11 a.m. to noon with more shows, aircraft rides and lunch, followed by the main air show, which begins at 1 p.m.The highlight of the event will be a concert put on by Aaron Tippin’s Red, White & Loud band. Tippin and a Commemorative Air Force B-24 airplane will fly into the Rifle Airport and perform.”Acknowledging the history of this great nation and the service men and women who make our freedom possible is stellar,” Tippin said. “I’m happy to champion the organization’s effort.”A beer garden will be set up on both days, and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and other items for comfort. For airport security, no smoking, coolers or pets are allowed at the show.Admission to and parking at the air show are free.”This air show is to celebrate the opening of the new airport,” Condie said. “The purpose is to bring awareness and acceptance to people of their airport. We want everyone to be aware that they have an airport.”The Garfield County Regional Airport is located in Rifle, two miles east of Wal-Mart on Airport Road.For more information, call the Rifle Airport at (970) 625-1091 or visit

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