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AirFair will return to Truckee Tahoe Airport after 16-year hiatus

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Aircraft enthusiasts and festival followers alike will be tantalized by the roar of T-38s flying overhead and SambaDa, a Santa Cruz group informed by bloco afro (Afro-Brazilian percussion music), samba-reggae, surf-rock, and California funk on Saturday, July 7 at the inaugural Truckee Tahoe AirFair andamp; Family Festival.This free all day (7 a.m.-4 p.m.) fundraising event with free vehicle and $1 bike parking in a gated corral is in support of Tahoe-Truckee youth programs.The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will feature special performances by the “Just-In-Time Skydivers” and the Red Star Formation Flying Group. Both are certain to get the energy flying high. “Never seen a skydiving performance or a formation flying team? Then don't miss the opening ceremony. It will truly wow spectators. Smoke, a flag and cheers will explode at this time during the event,” says AirFair andamp; Family Festival Chairman Tim LoDolce. “The Red Star formation flying team, soaring in YAK 52s, and the ‘Just-in-Time Sky Diving Team' are going to make the Truckee sky come alive!”The AirFair will feature a wide variety of aircraft on the ramp and in the air including the World War II era B25 Old Glory and P51 Man O' War. Possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, the Man O' War is offering rides with profits going to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The CAF is the premier warbird organization now operating 156 vintage aircraft in honor of American military aviation. Ride fares are tax deductible. AirFair spectators will also be thrilled by the “Parade of Planes” throughout the day. The airport ramp will crackle with all types of static aircraft displays and pilot docents explaining the details about each aircraft. Military, experimental, corporate and everyday general aviation aircraft offer something for everyone. Free EAA Chapter 1073 Young Eagle flights for youth ages 8-17 are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rides are subject to weather conditions, and parents must accompany their children at time of sign-up. Prior notice of those children interested in a free flight is highly recommended so AirFair planners may schedule planes and pilots. Call EAA Young Eagle Coordinator Michael Golden at 530-587-8017.Another event highlight includes the attendance of two of the original Tuskegee Airmen as Grand Marshals: Les Williams and Le Roy F. Gillead. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. Videos of these veterans can be viewed on the AirFair andamp; Family Festival Facebook page and by watching the newly released Lucas Films movie “Red Tails.”“The participation of the Tuskegee Airmen is a true honor,” said LoDolce. “Bring your children to meet and shake hands with these military aviator historians. They will also be honored on Friday, July 6 at the pre-AirFair dinner in hangar one.” Tickets for the Friday Night Pre-AirFair Dinner honoring the Tuskegee Airmen are available in advance for $40 per person. Call the Airport at 530-587-4119, ext. 0 for ticket purchasing information. The Family Festival will boast an array of activities including a participatory bike rodeo with ramps and obstacle course; live music by SambaDa; a live two-hour radio remote from Truckee's KTKE 101.5FM; giant bubbles; face painting; arts and crafts; stilt walkers; food court; beer garden; souvenirs; vendors and much more family fun.The last air shows held at the Truckee Tahoe Airport were from 1974-1996 and featured displays like Air Force F-16s, Marine Corps, Vietnam-era helicopters and other privately owned war birds. In addition, some of those planes performed an array of spectacular aerobatics with trailing smoke. The 2012 AirFair will not feature aerobatics; instead periodic fly-overs will occur including the “Parade of Planes” flown by local aviators in different and exciting aircraft. The AirFair andamp; Family Festival is being put on by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District with the cooperation of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and the Truckee Optimist Club. This fundraising event replaces the well-known annual KidZone Family Festival and Truckee Optimist Club's Cannibal Cruise.The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is the “Golden Wings” sponsor of this event, meaning they are paying for all operational costs. Other sponsorship monies and proceeds go directly to youth programs.Major sponsors to date include Amador Cellars Winery; Charter Media; CLM Design; Community Ink; DBI Beverage Company (Coors); Dickson Realty; GLA-Morris Construction, Inc.; KTKE Radio; Paragon PR; Northstar California; Robert E. Sutton Company; Sierra Sun; Suddenlink; Taco Bell; Tahoe Donner Association; Tahoe Forest Health System; Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation; Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal; Teichert Aggregates; The Weekly; Truckee Tahoe Lumber and World Fuels.Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Norm Justesen at 530-559-1466 or visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com.To be a non-food vendor at the event, contact Ryan Williams at 530-448-6452 or email ryan.w.williams@nmfn.com. Vendor space is 10'X10' for $25 prior to June 15, 2012 and $50 thereafter. To be a participant contact LoDolce at 530-386-3100. Fly-Bys and aircraft rides are dependent upon the weather. Leashed dogs are allowed; carry clean-up bags. This will be strictly enforced.For information and updates about the AirFair andamp; Family Festival www.truckeetahoeairfair.com or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/truckeetahoeairfair.Truckee Tahoe Airport DistrictThe Truckee Tahoe Airport District is funding all of the infrastructure, insurance and other fixed costs for the AirFair andamp; Family Festival as a contribution to the community. The Airport District invites the community to visit the airport anytime to simply become more familiar with the facility, learn about available space for an array of programs and become educated on its various services. In brief, these include a Care Flight helicopter currently operating out of the airport 24 hours a day; accommodations for the Truckee-Tahoe Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, who conduct search and rescue operations; an alliance with the American Red Cross to store supplies and equipment at the airport for emergency situations; extensive use of District community rooms for agencies and nonprofits for meetings and events, and indoor facilities are available for youth athletic programs. Visit www.truckeetahoeairport.comAbout the nonprofitsThe KidZone Museum is a nonprofit children's museum nationally recognized for its exemplary programs, exhibits and services to the underserved in the community. Exhibits are designed to engage a young child's curiosity with an array of repeat play activities which always include educational and child development elements. The museum is driven by its mission to inspire learning through creative play and discovery, and to maintain national excellence as a place for community engagement for families.The Museum relies on the generous support of volunteers, members, benefactors, donations, grants, and participation in its annual fundraisers. Visit www.kidzonemuseum.org.The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073 of Truckee is an organization of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who promote the joy and freedom of flight and provide a variety of programs and services designed to continue the American aviation legacy for future generations. The local chapter is very involved with the Truckee Tahoe Airport in a spirit of cooperation to ensure the airport provides high quality aviation facilities and to meet community needs.The EAA exposes the joy of flight to many youth annually through their “EAA Young Eagles” flying activities and complementary youth-education programs. EAA Chapter 1073 will provide free flights for kids 8-17-years at this year's AirFair, as well as throughout the year, and provides scholarship opportunities to the EAA Air Academy. Visit www.youngeagles.org. The EAA family includes like-minded members who take pride in helping youths and others along their unique aviation journey. Visit www.eaa1073.org.The Truckee Optimist Club was chartered in the 1970s adopting the Optimist International creed and the goal of “Friend of Youth.” The organization is composed of working men and women whose goal it is to support the kids of our community by providing funds to support programs, projects, grants, educational and sports activities, field trips and major scholarships. Their annual budget of nearly $50,000 is funded through fundraisers which include Christmas Tree sales, Truckee Brew Fest, cooking for events such as Truckee Clean-up Day and Big Truck Day, and now the AirFair andamp; Family Festival. Visit www.truckeeoptimist.com.


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