Planning and raising money for Perry’s Fly Iowa event Aug. 23-24 continues, with six performers signed for the air show, advertising still being sold for the Perry Fly Iowa magazine, and logistical plans being made to handle the 3,000-4,000 visitors the event is expected to draw.
This is the first Fly Iowa event Perry has hosted in conjunction with the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group. The event has been dubbed Planes, Trains and Automobiles to broaden the appeal and draw a variety of visitors to the activities .
The biggest draw will be the two-hour flight show from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 24 (rain date Aug. 25). It is free and open to the public and will be held at the Perry Municipal Airport. Talent ranges from wing-walkers to acrobatic planes and more.
Six acts signed for the show are: The Vanguards who The Vanguards fly "a dazzling four ship formation aerobatic airshow powered by ethanol"; Doug Jackson flies a Tora fighting plane and does dogfighting routines; Dave Dacy and Tony Kazian team give a high-flying show flying and walking on wings; Erik Edgren who does a comedy aerobatic show; Doug Rozendaal who flies a P-51 Gunfighter: Mike Henningson, who does a fly-by and static display; and Herb Hunter, a well-versed pilot and entertaining airshow announcer. While the air show is in the afternoon, the day’s activities begin at 7 a.m. with a fly-in breakfast where more than 100 pilots are expected to land and have breakfast, which is open to the public as well. Breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. Aviation vendors will open in the morning and be open all day.
There also will be food vendors at the airport, with around 10 expected. Those details are still being finalized, Klein said. Festivities actually begin on Friday, Aug. 23 with a press conference and interview time for the media with performers at 4 p.m. A classic car show on Second Street will be from 5-7 p.m. Anyone who wants to show off their motor vehicle is invited and around 170 invitations have been sent to people who make the car show rounds, said Vicki Klein, chairwoman of the Perry Fly Iowa Committee. To fulfill the train portion of the event, the Carnegie Library and Museum will host a train memorabilia exhibit on Friday and will also be open Saturday and Sunday.
The public also will be able to meet and talk with pilots and performers on that Friday evening. "We’re doing the reception, where there will be refreshments and a cash bar so that people can come in to meet performers and pilots," said Vickie Klein, Fly Iowa Committee chairperson. The time is still tentative and will be announced later. Music also will be on the agenda, with one of Perry’s Friday Fests taking place the evening of Aug. 23 in Pattee Park. A band which will be announced later will play.
As planning goes on, the committee is working on selling more sponsorships and garnering donations. Sponsorship.
Sponsorship levels range $2,000 to $3,000 are doing the larger sponsorships. My businesses arou nd here doing mostly the advertisinhg.
If anyone wants to buy an ad for the magazine, more than. The costs are based on the size of an advertisements with quarter, half and full page advertisements available, Klein said.