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Airport Events Attract Hundreds

A crowd gathers at the Fremont County Airport War Memorial Park for Saturday's dedication of adding 153 veterans' names to the wall. The Rocky Mountain Renegades took to the skies in the background as part of the annual air show and airport open house.

Hundreds of spectators lined the taxiway of the Fremont County Airport Saturday morning enjoying aerial acrobatics along with static airplane and classic car displays.   A steady stream of people lined up for the early morning breakfast prepared by the Experimental Aircraft Association.   Finding available parking for the spectators proved to be a challenge as visitors also arrived at 10 a.m. for Saturday’s dedication of the names of 153 veterans engraved on the wall at the airport’s War Memorial Park.

The Rocky Mountain Renegades, flying in their experimental Vans Aircraft RV series, entertained the crowd at the opening of the air show which also provided a ceremonial flyover for the War Memorial Park dedication ceremony.   Other air show performers included Don Nelson in a Sukhoi 26 aircraft and Hans Miesler with a solo performance in his Vans RV4 plane.    The RV4 is an airplane that Miesler built himself.

A crowd estimated at over 1,500 people enjoys the aerial acrobatics of Hans Meisler Saturday morning

Airport Manager Dick Baker and members of the Airport Advisory Board, headed by Chairman John Marietta, garnered high praise from not only spectators but also from participants who expressed appreciation for the steps that were taken to guarantee safety for the crowd and pilots.

At the War Memorial Park brick dedication each engraved name of the 153 veterans was read by Veterans Service Officer Al Augustine and retired Veterans Service Officer Betty Hanawalt.

A cool but sunny morning greeted visitors Saturday at the airport's War Memorial Park where a dedication also took place for a new podium and sound system

District 3 Commissioner Ed Norden said the occasion also provided for the dedication of a new sound system at the War Memorial Park ensuring that audiences can now hear proceedings over the top of the nearby highway traffic.   Norden thanked Blake Webb and Curtis Stone of the Road & Bridge Department for the work they did with the sound system and new permanent podium as well as the work by the county’s technology supervisor Lisa Hall who coordinated work on the project.