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Top 10 reasons to attend 2015 Truckee Tahoe Air Show

Margaret Skillicorn
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Often heard around town as the "most family-friendly event" in the Tahoe region, the Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival soars into its fourth year on July 11 with a 2015 "Salute to Veterans."

World War II Triple Ace Fighter Pilot Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson will return as the Air Show's Grand Marshal.

Bud recently received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., for his distinguished military career and service to our country.

So, why else should people visit the free Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival?

1. To expose children and young adults to career and educational opportunities in aviation and science.

2. To see first-hand the Truckee Tahoe Airport District's commitment to giving back to the community with this free event.

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3. To support local youth organizations, as all proceeds from sponsorships, vendor booth, T-shirt and VIP Tent Pass sales and much more go to Truckee North Tahoe local youth.

4. For Truckee North Tahoe locals specifically — to drive only a very short distance to see a "world-class" air show with exceptional soaring talent.

5. And, did we mention, once at the gate, admission and parking are free?

6. Watch the Guinness World Record holder for inverted flat spins, 81 full rotations, perform. Spencer Suderman will mesmerize the crowd with intense gyroscopic maneuvers.

7. Take notice that this Air Show boasts one of the most beautiful back drops of any air show in the nation — Truckee's soaring pines and 360 degree views of hovering mountains.

8. Check out the U.S. Air Force Supercar Tour developed to give young people hands-on experience with some of the opportunities available in the Air Force. Tour includes touch screen games and a real stealth Vapor car.

9. This show offers a Family Festival, located on the green, filled with children's activities — puppet shows, music sing-a-longs, stilt walkers, face painting, story-telling … and a great view of the air show.

10. Speaking of great viewing, new for 2015 is the VIP Tent Pass providing first-class air show viewing under a tent offering all-day shade, comfy seats, a catered lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar for beer and wine. There's a limited number of these coveted tickets available. All this for only $45 prior to the show and $50 day of.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is the "Golden Wings" sponsor of the 2015 TTAS&FF, to allow the community free entry.

All proceeds go to local youth through the three main nonprofit organizations that produce the event — the EAA local Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and Truckee Optimist Club.

For the safety of all pets and their paws, no dogs are allowed this year. Last year, over five dogs with burning paws were brought to the Emergency Response Team for paw soaking and cart rides to their cars. The airport tarmac can reach up to 120 degrees.

Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

For additional event information, to purchase a vendor booth space (nonprofits are free), to become a sponsor or to purchase VIP Tent Passes, visit TruckeeTahoeAirShow.com.

Margaret Skillicorn works with Truckee-based Paragon PR.