Virginia Air Show includes wings, wheels

In remembrance and in tribute to 9/11 and veterans, the Skyline Wings & Wheels event by the Virginia Air Show will bring families out to the Front Royal-Warren County Airport on Saturday for a showcase of both air and land vehicles.

For the eighth annual event, organizer Ken Thurman is again expecting around 3,000 to 5,000 attendees for a new twist on the classic air show. Around 1,500 people showed up last year despite off-and-on showers at the show, but Thurman said he expects a good turnout no matter what during this year’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. event.

This year, more than 150 participants will roll up to the car show portion of the event that really puts the “wheels” in Skyline Wings & Wheels.

“It was basically just to take a break from what we had been doing where it was primarily just biplanes and wingwalkers – a ‘barnstorming show’ as we call it,” he said.

Vehicle awards will go to the people’s choice, furthest distance traveled, best in show, best Mustang and top 25 overall vehicles. Each participant will also be automatically qualified for a number of door prizes.

Participants are welcome to enter cars from any make, model or year for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. General admission will cost $5, while parking and admission for children younger than 6 are free.

The event will also offer new attractions for children’s entertainment, like an obstacle course and rock climb in a kid’s play area. All attendees will automatically receive a free magnet and raffle entry when they come into the festival.

While no alcohol or coolers will be permitted brought into the airport, a beer garden will provide beverages for purchase and several food vendors will be present. A live disc jockey will provide ambient music and attendees will be able to participate in State Farm’s balsa airplane giveaway.

Thurman said that in addition to supporting the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, the air show will also support the Humane Society of Warren County. Support for the United Service Organizations will most likely culminate in a separate show in June.

“We’ve been trying to do those types of things that give back to the community and give the community something to see,” he said.

Between the wings, wheels and activities, this year’s show will appeal to a broader audience and offer something for every member of the family to enjoy.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an aviation buff or a car buff or if you just want to have some fun with the family,” Thurman said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com