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>>The Big Bend Air Show, 10 a.m. May 26 at the Casparis Airport.The event features vendors, sky divers and lots of airplanes.... Alpine 10 a.m. If you're in town May 26, check out the annual Big Bend Air Show. If you're there another time, peruse the Museum of the Big Bend, located on the Sul Ross University campus, Highway 90. On display: Documents relating to the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, required in 1848 by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
First Big Bend Air Show next weekendCross your fingers for good weather.The first Big Bend Air Show is Saturday, May 26, during Memorial Day weekend.The air show raises money for the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend (FCCBB). However, a portion of the money will also go to the Alpine Municipal Airport."It was mostly my idea," said Steve Belardo, a pilot who serves on the City of Alpine Airport Advisory Board. "I thought it would be something neat for moms and dads to take their kids to. It was always something I enjoyed with my son."He and his family frequently travel to the Commemorative Air Force shows in Midland.He said he spoke with a few people, including Rhonda Cole, another of the many organizers, before the idea really took off, and before the date was set for Memorial Day weekend."Everybody said it's the deadest weekend of the year," said Belardo."That was one of the main reasons," said Cole. "And it's a patriotic weekend. It goes hand-in-hand with an air show."She serves on the board of directors for FCCBB, and suggested the event as a fundraiser."I also want to make people in town aware of the airport," said Belardo, "how important it is to the community. It deserves funding and attention."He said a few of the Alpine City Council members were apprehensive about the project at first, "but now they're behind us 100 percent, so I think I've actually succeeded with part of what I wanted to do."The city council agreed to give the air show $10,000. So far, the budget is more than $40,000, approximately $5,000 of which will be used just for insurance."We've had many sponsors from the community," said Cole, "and we're still looking for more."All events will be held at the Alpine airport.The public is invited to a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.On Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m. for a static display of the airplanes. While the air show is free, a $5 per car parking fee will be charged. Parking will not be allowed on the highway, but will be directed by local law enforcement officers.The show begins at 1 p.m. with Bill Maples and the Sky Divers, on which the FOX News special "The Unit," about Delta and Special Forces, is patterned.Several aerobatic planes will be featured, as will World War II trainers, bombers and troop transporters.Belardo said the "top two acts" of the day will be Jeff Boerboon, who pilots a Yak, and Zach Heffley, who pilots a Sukhoi."[Boerboon] does things with an airplane I didn't know were possible," said Belardo.He said there is also a possibility of some military fly-bys.Vendors of food, drinks and novelty items will be at the event, as will Aviation Television of San Antonio and CBS 7 News, Odessa/Midland.A dance with "The Shades" will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person."We kind of got started a little late," said Belardo. "A lot of people said we couldn't get it done. Rhonda and I are both in agreement that we'll do this again next year."Sponsors of the event include TransPecos Banks, CBS 7, Alpine Chamber of Commerce, City of Alpine, Jack and Louisa Mayfield, Permian Distributing, Rainbow Adobe-Steve Belardo, Morrison True Value-Bob Ward, Alpine Auto Rentals-Rick and Bette Kelly, Ramada of Alpine-Dave Durant, Reata Restaurants, Texas Lottery Commissions, Home Loan Corp. - Rhonda Cole, Big Bend Regional Medical Center and Williams Ranches-Clayton and Modesta Williams.Comments? E-mail email@example.com
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