2012 Air Show at Rifle Airport
Garfield County Air Show 2012
Remembering the Past, Inspiring the Future
Western Colorado's best aviation event returns with amazing aviation acts, an expanded Merchant Village, a huge static aircraft exhibition and aircraft rides. The kid's space activity center is also returning, along with several new activities for teenagers, including a full motion flight simulator.
Everyone in Garfield County is invited to attend this free admission event.
Photo by Phil MaKanna
Garfield County Air Show presents its seventh season of community events!
Rifle, CO, March 1, 2012 — The Garfield County Air Show is July 13-14, 2012, at the Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle, Colorado. Now in its seventh year, the Garfield County Air Show has become one of the signature events in the community. The theme for this year's event is "Remembering the Past, Inspiring the Future" and will feature a 1940's aviation genre.
The event begins Friday, July 13, at noon, with our Kid's Show featuring Otto the Helicopter, Bill Leff with his T-6 Texan, Matt Younkin with a Twin Beech, and Don Nelson with his Sukhoi 26 airplane. Simultaneous with Don's acrobatic show, the Rocketbilly Racing Team will heat up the runway with a jet fueled semi-truck.
The ground activities will be hopping with the expanded Merchant Village, large food court, Kid's Zone and a huge display of static aircraft. The Kid's Zone will be filled will inflatable amusements, flight simulators, and educational exhibits.
At 4:00 pm, our main stage will heat up live music that will get everyone up dancin' and swingin'. Then at 6:30 pm, the air show will start up again for the afternoon performance that will keep spectators on the edge of their seats. The United States Air Force "Wings of the Blue" Parachute Team from Colorado Springs will open up the show. Tim Weber and the Geico sponsored Extra 300 plane is joining the show for its first time this year. The grand finale will be the Tora Tora Tora show—a spectacular air show that involves 8 Japanese zero aircraft, a B-17 bomber and a P-40 Warhawk. This amazing show is produced by the US Commemorative Air Force.
Friday's activities wrap up with the incredible twilight air show that begins at 8:30 pm. Otto the Helicopter, Matt Younkin and Bill Leff will each delight spectators with an amazing show that will brighten western Colorado's night sky.
Saturday, the gates open at 10:00 am for a second day of spectacular events. Saturday's events will include the same daytime acts as Friday, plus a few more. At 2:00 pm The Hot Tomatoes, a nine-piece orchestra from Denver, will join Ladies for Liberty, an Andrews' Sisters tribute trio. Together they will honor a significant time in our country's history. This musical tribute will be followed by the grand finale Tora Tora Tora show, including the famous wall of fire.
Air Show organizers are accepting applications for the Merchant Village and Food Court vendors until March 30, 2012. Applications may be downloaded below.
For more information on the 2012 Garfield County Air Show, contact Krista DeHerrera at 970-309-6214.