CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Yeager Airport will be the site of an airshow this weekend, marking the second year in a row for such an event at the site.
This year’s show, “A Salute to Our Veterans and First Responders,” will be held Saturday and Sunday. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies will be held at 11:15 a.m. Planes will begin flying around noon on both days.
Dominique Ranieri, the director of marketing at Yeager Airport, said this year’s theme honors those who have served to protect the public.
“They are also a huge part of making the airshow happen,” she said. “The airshow occurs on the Air National Guard’s ramp, the 130th. All of our local first responders and first responders from throughout the state — police, fire, etc. — come and help during the airshow.”
According to Ranieri, last year’s event attracted 35,000 people, and they are anticipating more people this weekend.
“WVU has an away game, the weather is supposed to be beautiful and, of course, it is completely free,” she said. “No charge to park. No charge to get in.”
This year’s airshow will feature a headlining act, the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team.
Limited parking is available at the airport for individuals with mobility limitations and families with children younger than 5 years old. Parking with shuttle services will be at the Capitol Complex, Laidley Field and CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital’s employee lot. A shuttle service will also be provided for people parked at the transit mall.