TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Something bigger and louder than thundering stunt planes soars daily through the Truckee/North Tahoe communities. They are community organizations supporting youth – people who volunteer to make a positive impact on others’ lives, in particular, the community’s impressionable, ambitious and often unguided youth.
The not-for-profit Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival (AF&FF) offers three nonprofit organizations a new way to raise money for local youth programs and scholarships. These groups are The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) local Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and the Truckee Optimist Club.
The 2013 AF&FF fundraising event is a gift to the community from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. All proceeds from sponsorships, vendor fees, pre-event dinner ticket sales and food and beverage sales go directly to these nonprofits.
“In my 25-plus years of being involved with or organizing airshows, there has always been a fee for parking or admission. We thank the Truckee Tahoe Airport District for fronting the operational costs for this event, so we can put it on and make money to support our young people,” said AirFair Chairman Tim LoDolce. “As the president of the local EAA Chapter, I’m committed to making this show awesome and to giving back to our community.”
Truckee Tahoe Experimental Aircraft Association
The Truckee Tahoe Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073 provides educational programs through its “Young Eagles” program, Operation School Flight and EAA Air Academy. Each year the EAA Chapter 1073 fully financially supports three young aspiring pilots to the EAA Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc. Since the inception of the Young Eagles program in 1992, more than 2,400 youths taken free flights to experience the thrill of flying and to spark interest in aviation. For many years Operation School Flight taught interested high school juniors and seniors a five-credit course in aviation sciences and sent many into aviation-related fields. The Young Eagles multi-step program begins with attending classes and a free introductory flight. Young people who complete the first step receive an official Young Eagle’s Logbook and a free EAA student membership. Visit www.eaa1073.org.
The KidZone Museum uses raised funds to support more than 24,000 annual museum visits for hands-on exhibits and programs. Raised funds also sponsor the Lawrence Hall of Science Annual Festival provided to more than 400 regional second graders; finance the KidsReach program that serves more than 2,000 low-income families with bi-lingual science classes; provide early learning/parenting workshops for parents and teachers; and assist in offering summer camp and museum admission scholarships. Visit www.kidzonemuseum.org.
Truckee Optimist Club
The Truckee Optimist Club provides financial support to Truckee High School sports program, school bands, drama programs and Project Graduation. Middle school programs include music and wrestling, while elementary school programs include environmental field trips. A number of school extracurricular programs are funded by the Optimists. Community projects receiving financial assistance from the Optimists include Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boy and Girl Scouts, Little League, KidZone Museum, Buddy Werner Skiing, AYSO soccer and girls’ softball. In addition, more than $15,000 annually is provided in university scholarships to graduating seniors.
“I’ve been a member of the Truckee Optimist Club for 32 years and have lived in the Truckee/North Tahoe community for 41. Helping to build a young person’s dream or to make one become a reality is very gratifying,” said Norm Nicholls, Optimist Club member. “When we award our scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors, we know the many hours of planning and staffing for a fundraiser, soliciting of sponsorships, and staying up late to plan and do this volunteer work is all worth it.” Visit www.truckeeoptimist.com.
Truckee Tahoe AirFair
The 2013 Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival will take place on Saturday, July 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Admission and parking are free. Find a schedule of events at www.truckeetahoeairfair.com.
Stunt pilots are a 2013 addition. During scheduled speakers’ forums meet big name aerobatic performers, talk to a man who just soared to the ground in a wing suit and shake hands with World War II Triple Ace Fighter Pilot and published author, Clarence “Bud” Anderson.
Featured pilots include young adventure sports enthusiasts from Pemberton Aerosports, Melissa Pemberton, 28, in an Edge540 Aircraft and husband Rex flying his wing suit during the opening ceremony. Rich Perkins will unleash his “Firecat” Jet soaring at top speed, and Eddie Andreini’s “up close” performance will be spellbinding as he flies his restored 1944 Stearman biplane.
Free flights for kids from the Experimental Aircraft Association will happen Sunday, July 7. Sign up in advance at the AirFair.
Festival activities will include a Vendor Village, live music, static aircraft displays, a kid’s zone, food and beer garden.
Other highlights include The Red Star Formation Flying Group; helicopter and T6 plane rides for a cost, along with the Commemorative Air Force’s P51 Man O’ War with rides also available for a fee. Radio-controlled giant scale planes will fly throughout the festivities.
Honorary Dinner in Hangar One
The Friday, July 5 Honorary Dinner in Hangar One at the Airport includes a silent auction by North Tahoe Arts (NTA), a no host bar, a catered dinner by When Pigs Fly BBQ, a presentation and short History Channel video of WW II veteran, “Bud” Anderson in action and a chance to mingle with performing pilots. Bud will have his “To Fly and Fight; Memoirs of a Triple Ace” book available for purchasing and signing. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets are available May 1 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at www.truckeetahoeairfair.com.
Participating sponsors to date include Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, Martis Camp/DMB Highlands, Charter Communications, Clear Capital, Suddenlink, Sierra Sun, The Weekly, Moonshine Ink, KTKE Radio, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Law Offices of Brent P. Collinson, AM-X Construction & Excavating and, Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal, Truckee River Glass, Truckee-Tahoe Lumber, Ryan Group Architects, Stone’s Country Tires, The Tree House Children’s Clothing, Shaffer Paving, Tree House, Tysen Lechner, DDS and TIP Printing.
To reserve a 10’ x 10’ non-food vendor booth in the Vendor Village contact John Manocchio at 530-412-3757 or John.Manocchio@yahoo.com. Vendor booth cost is $75 prior to June 1, 2013 and $100 thereafter if space is available.
For more information and updates about the 2013 AirFair & Family Festival, please visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com and download the phone application, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/truckeetahoeairfair