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Crowds flock to two days of air show events

Entertainment, activities varied

by: Photo by Tom Brown - Aviator Renny Price flies over the Wall of Flames at the Budweiser Airshow of the Cascades over the weekend.


   By chance, Joe Schable, of Tygh Valley, heard about the Budweiser Airshow of the Cascades last week and decided to make the 57-mile drive.
   Schable, an airplane enthusiast, was glad he did. "I thought it was awesome," he said, noting that he has been to numerous air shows -- in Seattle, Hillsboro, Redmond, and Long Beach, Calif., to name a few -- and the local show was "definitely high quality."
   The air show attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors Aug. 24 and 25 to see the aerial acts, planes, car show and motorcycle stunts, in addition to listening to music, dining, and checking out the vendors.
   "How often do you get to see a MiG-17 (Russian fighter jet) or an A-26?" Schable asked. "The mix of stuff was just great."
   A veteran, Schable was pleasantly surprised to discover that title sponsor Budweiser was providing free admission to veterans as part of its "Here's to our Heroes" campaign.
   Morgan Distributing of Portland, and Annheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, signed on as the title sponsor in August, joining with presenting sponsor Gary Gruner Chevrolet, Buick and GMC.
   The volunteers, estimated at over 100, are also key to making the event work, according to Tom Brown, event chairman.
   "After the show, one volunteer told me, 'It's a great feeling to be involved in an event like this,'" Brown said.
   "I know I will be back," said Schable, who wants to volunteer for the event next year. "I'm a real believer in community."