On Saturday, June 16 the Granite Falls Municipal Airport will provide the setting for the second Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow and the first public glimpse of the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum.
An audience of 5,000 to 10,000 is expected to be on hand for the event named in memory of World War II 4th Infantry Division Army veteran, Ray Fagen, and held in tribute to the greatest generation of Americans during the 20th century’s darkest hour. In terms of live exhibitions and attractions, it may prove unparalleled in its offerings.
“We have an incredible lineup of performers and World War II aircrafts, said Diane Fagen.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m. providing access to the airport grounds’ merchandise venues and WWII exhibits. Real triple ace fighter pilot, Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, will also be on site signing books.
Food and drink will be made available throughout day and catered locally by Bootlegger’s Supper Club and Dallas II as well as Wurst Machers, of rural Morris. Outside food and drink is prohibited. Alcohol will be available during the concert portion of the evening.
At 1:00 p.m., a ground battle reenactment of U.S., British and German World War II soldiers and vehicles will be held as a prelude to the airshow at 3:00 p.m. This year a particularly loaded docket will include an airshow performance by the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, a parachute jump from a C-47 by the Liberty Jump Team and bombing runs with live pyrotechnics. In addition, a myriad of WWII-era warbirds will be in action, including an authentic Japanese Zero, of which there are only three in the world.
Immediately following the airshow at 7:00 p.m., Mandi and Ty Hippe will take the stage as the opening musical act to country music star Aaron Tippin, scheduled to appear at 7:30 p.m.. Tippin, who co-wrote and performed the well known post 9-11 single, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” has several Billboard number one hits such as: “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You,” and “Kiss This.”
Around 9:15 or 9:30 p.m., when Tippin finishes his set, attendees will want to stick around as the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow will not draw to a close until after one final evening aerial performance.
Great care has been taken to ensure measures are in place to provide adequate parking amenities. General parking will be available at the Prairie’s Edge Casino and also near the airport turn-in within an area located on 540 St. just off of HWY?23. Transportation services will run at both lots to and from the airshow throughout the day.
Handicap parking will be available in the airport parking lot located adjacent to the airfield. Fly-in traffic should plan on landing at the Montevideo Airport where a bus will be leaving for the Granite Falls airport at 1:00 p.m. and returning immediately following the airshow.
Page 2 of 2 - Event-goers will be able to purchase airshow tickets at booths that will be present at all three: casino, handicap and airport entrance parking lots up until the start of the airshow. Thereafter, all tickets sales will be consolidated to the front gate. The ticket booth at the casino will be located on the west-side of the property near the convention center entrance.
Tickets are free for children up to 8-years of age, $10 for 9 to 17-year-olds and $15 for those 18 and up. All net proceeds are donated to the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF).
Attendees are encouraged to bring seating, blankets, umbrellas, sun glasses and ear plugs. In the event of rain, the airshow will be moved to Sunday at 3:00 p.m., while Tippin will perform on Saturday, rain or shine.