Submitted by Tim O’Brien
AirFest 2017 comes to the Nevada County Airport on July 7th and 8th, combining full-spectrum aviation with nostalgia, romance and photogenic family fun!
Festivities begin with a spectacular Twilight Hangar Party at Alpine Aviation and Sierra Mountain Aviation with parachutists, hi-powered fly-bys and a mood lifting social with fine wines and craft beers. The setting sun succumbs to bright stars with dining and dancing to the jazzy rhythm and swank of Lolo Gervais. Displays of vintage aircraft, vehicles and the magic of Nick Fedoroff will add color and intrigue to an unforgettable evening.
The fun swings into Saturday with of scores of rare and exotic airplanes arriving within view from the traditional pancake breakfast hosted by EAA Chapter #1175. Displays and a full day of flying highlights a mix of World War II vintage fighters, bombers and trainers with performance experimentals, vintage aircraft, military and thrilling radio-controlled model airplane demonstrations. The Calfire/ U.S. Forest Service, Grass Valley Air Attack Base open house compliments classic cars, kids activities, food, live music and displays to round out an entire day of excitement on the picturesque airport aprons.
Go to www.ncairfest.com to learn more about the event, and save with convenient no-fee online ticket and merchandise purchasing.
Friday’s Twilight Hangar Party will run from 5-10 p.m. at the Nevada County Airport located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue, just off Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley, California. Advance Twilight Hangar Party tickets with dinner are $40 when purchased online or at the Nevada County Airport office, and $45 at the gate. Tickets to the Party without dinner are $20.
Admission to Saturday’s AirFest is $10 adults, $25 family of four, and kids 12 and under, free. Hurry and save 20% by ordering online at www.ncairfest.com . There is also plenty of free parking and shuttle service to the main gate.
AirFest 2017 is hosted by the Golden Empire Flying Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1968 to promote the growth, enjoyment and safety of aviation while raising money for scholarships and facilities improvements at the Nevada County Airport. Sponsorships are still available.