Pilots gear up for Airfest in Menomonie

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) Organizers and pilots are getting ready for airshow in Menomonie this weekend.

The second annual Menomonie Airfest and Autorama takes off Saturday and runs though Sunday.

This year the show is featuring a number of attractions including rides on classic bi-planes, radar runs and a 5K obstacle race.

Bill Cowden, the pilot from Menomonie who was killed in a crash in Stevens Point, will also be honored during the event.

Pilots who are taking part in the show say its nice to perform in front of the hometown crowd.

"We're all from the general area, I'm from New Richmond, another one is from Chetek, we have one coming in from Waupaca, so this is sort of out local airshow. So we have traveled all through the Midwest, all through the country for these airshows and its really nice to have our hometown airshow," says pilot Grant Nielson.

The gates open Saturday and Sunday morning at seven and closes at five on both days.

General admission to the event is free.