Static displays, ground activities and music to fill the Amigo Airsho
Compiled by Donita Kelley,
Public Affairs Office:
Not all the action takes place in the air at the Amigo Airsho Oct. 20 and 21 at Biggs Army Airfield; organizers are beefing up the ground activities as well. With about 40 acres available, there is a lot to see and do on the ground.
An array of static aircraft will be represented. Crews from Canada and across the United States plan to set up and educate the crowds on their planes and equipment. These displays range from the War Eagles Museum’s AT-6, BT-13 and a Super Cub to the German Air Force’s Bonanza BE33, Grob 120A, T-38 Talon, T-6 Texan II and the Tornado PA200, the Canadians’ CF-188, CT-115, and CT-155, and the New Mexico Army National Guard’s UH-1 and UH-60.
For something that travels closer to the ground, test drive the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma at the Toyota Off-Road ride and drive course. The Airsho’s title sponsor, Toyota, returns with a display and giveaway.
The Trade Sho provides visitors with promotional materials from local businesses, services and groups. Some even allow the visitors to participate in interactive displays.
If you are in need of a break, but the children still have energy to burn, stop by the children’s play area. This area is filled with rides, rock climbing, slides and other things to keep children entertained.
In addition to filling the sky and the ground with activities for everyone, Airsho organizers are also filling the air with music. The Flights and Sounds stage features some of the best in local entertainment from the various genres of music. Bands include the Owl and the Crow’s collusion of story-telling and modern, edgy rock, the soaring vocals and rocking guitars of Frank and the Underdogs performing songs from the 1960s through 2000s, and the Benton Leachman Band, which shed its rock and heavy metal past for country music. The high-energy talent of Outbreak will rock fans, while the Midnight Mist will rekindle old memories with their old classic Tejano variety band sound. Las Cruces’ Tequila Junction is a variety show band that plays everything from Cumbias and Tejano to country, classic rock, blues and oldies.
With the aerial acts, the energetic activities on the ground and music that makes you want to get up and dance, be sure to pick up your tickets early.
Airsho tickets are available at the Fort Bliss ITR in the Soldiers Activity Center, 20732 Constitution Ave., and their outlet at Freedom Crossing.
All Soldiers including active duty, retired military and active duty international military get in free once again this year and can pick up their free tickets at ITR facilities.
Family members can purchase their tickets at the Fort Bliss ITR through Oct. 20; adults are $8 each and children ages 6 to 12 are $6. Children 5 and younger get in free.
Tickets will be available at the Airsho entrance gates, however, military discounted tickets will be $10 each, and this includes adults and children ages 6 to 12.
Be sure to catch the aerial events at this year’s Amigo Airsho at Biggs Army Airfield Oct. 20 and 21, gates open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information concerning tickets, call 744-1522 or 569-6446. For information concerning this year’s Airsho, visit www.amigoairsho.org or call 562-6446.
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