Boshears Skyfest back for more fun in air, on land

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Augusta native Ashley Battles walks on the wing of a 1943 Super Stearman piloted by Greg Shelton for the 2011 Boshears Skyfest. The 20th Skyfest is Oct. 20-21. Gates open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. daily.
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Eyes will be on the skies this weekend for the 20th annual Boshears Skyfest at Daniel Field in Augusta. Gates open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Committee member Tony Gay said each year 10,000 to 15,000 attend the event and this year organizers are expecting it to grow even more.

“We’re excited,” he said. “We have a good line-up and a good static aircraft display. It’s one of Georgia’s largest air shows.”

Attractions include performances both days by Gary Ward Aerobatics, the Trenton Flyers (who also have a display), Team RV (the world’s largest air show team), and Greg Connell (a local pilot who performed in the 2006 Boshears event).

The event offers excitement in the air as well as on the ground. One of the more popular ground activities is a favorite with runners, the Boshears Ground Loop Road Race, along with the Kid’s Fun Race. It was established to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA and is held on Saturday morning of the Skyfest. Each registrant receives a free ticket to Boshears Skyfest.

In addition, festival-goers will enjoy carnival rides, aircraft rides, aviation displays, sponsor exhibits, monster truck rides and comedy acts. On Saturday morning, a car show by the GASCAR Antique Automobile Club will have everything from a horseless carriage to a muscle car.

Gay said every year organizers try to provide something new to the event. This year, the new feature is the Flagship Detroit (N17334), which began service with American Airlines in March 1937. It is believed to be the oldest DC-3 in the world still flying. Retired American Airlines pilot and captain Tony Desantis said the airline has been restored to its original condition. Twenty pilots fly the plane and a number of flight attendants work on it. It is used in fly-ins for air shows.

Day said anyone with an ultra-light or vintage aircraft is invited to fly in during the weekend.

The event was established in 1992 when friends and aviators wanted to hold a fly-in to honor Buster and Forrest Boshears, local heroes who contributed not only to this area but to general aviation throughout the Southeast. The show has grown from there.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Greg Hodges Pavilion VIP tent tickets are $50 a day adults; $20 a day children, with paid admission. Tickets are available at Augusta Aviation and Circle K stores or online at boshears.com using Pay Pal. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the will call line at the main gate and require a receipt and proof of ID.

Boshears Skyfest will be held on the north side of Daniel Field, so attendees should enter through the Wrightsboro Road entrance.

No pets, alcohol, coolers, bikes, or pop-up tents are allowed, but chairs, blankets and strollers are welcome. For more information, go to www.boshears.com.

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WHAT: 20th annual Boshears Skyfest

WHEN: Oct. 20-21; gates 9 a.m., opening ceremonies 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Daniel Field, enter through Wrightsboro Road entrance

TICKETS: $15 advance, $18 at gate; VIP tent $50/day adults; $20/day children, with paid admission; available at Augusta Aviation and Circle K stores or boshears.com

MORE: boshears.com


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