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Preparations under way for October air show
by Adam Elrod
March 27, 2013 08:57 AM | 1260 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preparation and fundraising are under way for the Salute America 2013 Air Show at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.

Air Show director Brent Sparks updated the Paulding County Airport Authority last week on the progress of the show, set for early October.

Thus far about 60 percent of the needed funds have been raised for the show, he said.

“We need to continue to raise money,” Sparks said. “Last year we didn’t raise enough money up front.”

However, he said show organizers are on track to have an air show of some kind.

“I’ve raised enough money to say we will 100 percent have an air show,” Sparks said.

The show is set for Oct. 5 and 6. For the event they are hoping to have around 5,000 paying visitors between the two days, Sparks said.

“That does not include the thousands of children that come for free,” he said.

This year the air show executives are partnering with the school system to minimize the expense to children as much as possible, Sparks said. Also there will be a plane ride given to one student from each school.

“How do you win one of these rides? Work your tail off in school, behave, be good citizens and parents be involved,” he said.

The rides will be given to the students who have done all of this, not necessarily the child with the best grades or the most athletic, Sparks said.

He added he hopes the show will encourage students to consider careers in aerospace.

This year the show executives, who are all volunteers, are working to promote the event by using sponsorship brochures. They will be attending high school football games promoting the event and using a variety of media to get the word out, he said.

Sparks said he hopes there will be enough ticket sales to cover the event’s cost so they can give the remainder to different charities, because the event is a benefit.

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