Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Admission free for September 19th Fremont County Open House/Airshow: Fremont County Airport (1V6), Penrose, Colorado

Friends and family, food, fun and aircraft in flight will make up the third annual Open House and Airshow on Sept. 19 at the Fremont County Airport, 60298 U.S. 50, in Penrose.

Admission is free to the event that will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Helicopter rides and food vendors will be available for an additional charge.

The show will have several new features this year, according to event organizer Jim Woolworth.

Because the Airshow and Open House will be the same day as Florence's annual Pioneer Day parade and celebration, shuttles will run every 30 minutes between the Fremont County Airport and Pioneer Park in Florence so people can take part in both events. The buses, provided by Raft Masters, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m hosted by the Penrose Volunteer Fire Dept. All attractions, booths, food vendors and displays open at 8 a.m. The classic cars review and local aircraft fly-in reviews begin at 9 a.m. and helicopter rides will be available. An aircraft flyover will be featured at 10 a.m. during the Pioneer Day parade in Florence.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be a live auction and 50/50 raffle. The auction will feature a DR-1 tri-plane swing, propellers signed by show performers, the original artwork for the airshow poster by Rudl Mergelman and other airplane specialty items.

There will be two runway drag races during the show that begins at noon by Lanier Henry's 2000 HP Dragster and Don Nelson's Sukhoi 26 aircraft. Also featured during the show will be Skydive flag jump, National Anthem; the Renegades - precision formation team; Don Nelson - Sukhoi aerobatics; Gary Rower - Super Stearman Aerobatics; Chris Murphy - RV4 Aerobatics; and Steve Bergevin - Giles G-202 Aerobatics.

"We will have a powered paraglider and a paraglider demonstration in the airshow itself," Woolworth said. "They have a pretty interesting routine they do with this — they fly around some pretty extreme maneuvers."

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.

"We will try to open up as much hangar space as we can along the frontline so they can move out of the sun, put their lawn chair up and watch," Woolworth said.

R-66 helicopter rides will continue from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and a musical postlude will be at 3 p.m. Teachers will be offered a plane ride through the Wings Over the Rockies' Teacher Flight program, and a hospitality tent will be set up for event sponsors, where they can enjoy a refreshment and meet the performers.

Other confirmed attractions and booths will include a vintage car display; face painting; "Behind the Scenes" backdrops for photo taking; a hands-on STEM lab by the Civil Air Patrol; balsa planes, model rockets and pedal planes; Weisbrod Aircraft Museum; and the Experimental Aircraft Association's build display.

Attendance wasn't tracked the first year of the show, but Woolworth estimated it to be about 500 people or less. Last year's attendance was about 2,000, and organizers hope for about 3,000 this year.

The main event sponsors are the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and Armstrong Consultants.

For more information, call 784-3816.

If you go

What: Fremont County Open House/Airshow

When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19

Where: Fremont County Airport, 60298 U.S. 50, Penrose

Cost: Admission is free. Helicopter rides and food vendors are an additional fee.

More info: Call 784-3816

Fremont County Open House/Airshow at the Fremont County Airport

7-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast by the Penrose Volunteer Fire Dept.

8 a.m. All attractions, booths, food vendors and displays open

9 a.m. Shuttle runs start between the airport and downtown Florence; classic cars review; local aircraft fly in review; and helicopter rides.

10 a.m. Pioneer Days parade in Florence (includes aircraft flyover)

11:30 a.m. Live auction and 50/50 raffle

Noon Airshow will begin, featuring Skydive flag jump, National Anthem

Renegades - Precision formation team; Don Nelson - Sukhoi aerobatics; Drag Race No. 1 - 2000 HP Dragster vs Sukhoi 26 Aircraft; Gary Rower - Super Stearman Aerobatics; Chris Murphy - RV4 Aerobatics; Steve Bergevin - Giles G-202 Aerobatics; Drag Race No. 2 - 2000 HP Dragster vs Sukhoi 26 Aircraft.

2:30-5 p.m. Helicopter rides, other local attractions at airport.

3 p.m. Musical Postlude.


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