Menomonie Airfest back again for 2nd year

The hum of plane engines filled the air as the second annual Menomonie Airfest got underway.

Spectators gathered at the Menomonie municipal airport to watch pilots perform impressive stunts and to participate in the many family friendly events taking place.

It's a beautiful day at Menomonie's air fest where hundreds have come to watch pilots take to the sky, as well as catch a few rides of their own…
but those aren't the only things in store for visitors at the 2nd annual airshow.

“It's just an incredible event, we really tried to design something free for the entire family to come out to, something for everyone," said Jeff Overby, the Event Manager. "There's kids games here, there's vendor here, there's a mustang event going on today and obviously a big air show…”

Event manager Jeff Overby says this years event has new attractions such as a tribute to the 50th aniversary of the mustang
And an adventure obstacle course...but he says the planes are still the main attraction.

“It's really something really incredible to see, even for those folks who aren't pilots but of course, like myself that is, it's really inspiring,” he added.

The air show began with a tribute in memory of a fellow pilot and friend.

“I think there's no doubt that this weekend is ultra-special as we lost a local pilot, Bill Cowden and he was not only a personal great friend but a great aviator and just a phenomenal pilot and so we really miss him today and ultimately you're going to see the great show we put on in Memory of Bill," Overby said.

Then the air acrobatics began.

"My special trick is called the torque roll, where I pull the airplane straight up vertically and I spin as I'm going up and as the plane runs out of energy I fall backwards," said Grant Nielson, a pilot. "I see how far I can fall backwards in the airplane until I can recover from that maneuver."

With thrilling stunts and family friendly events..there's enough fun for everyone.

((Ginnie Prechel, airfest))
"I just think it's so cool that they have this event and that's there's so many things for everyone," said Ginnie Prechel.

The Airfest will continue Sunday with a chance to walk your dog on the adventure course as well as win a trophy for your mustang during the people's choice award competition. And, of course, the air show will take place starting at 1:00.

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