By Charlotte Burrous
It will be like stepping back in time when the G.I. Jive Big Band Bash begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Fremont County Airport.
Kicking off the event, Emcee Ron Beckner will introduce a lineup that includes Ron Kimberlin’s Memories, a 17-piece-big-band, along with impersonators Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. If that’s not enough, Fremont County’s own Fremont Belles, starring Mandi, Andi and Marci will take center stage. In conjunction, Living History Colorado’s War Re-enactors will setup a “hands on” field camp, a press release said. Participants may compete in a 1940s costume contest, where the winners will win a pair of train tickets as the prize, donated by the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Also, attendees will have a great selection of food and beverages to purchase from the Mess Hall and Tiki Canteen. The Rural Community Support Spark 81226 with the assistance of Frog Dawg Productions is providing the entertainment.
During the event, the committee will introduce Rick and Joyce Archuleta as Pioneer King and Queen, Royal Schmidt as the Parade Marshal and Gary Buderus as the Distinguished Citizen on the stage “as an introduction to the Pioneer Day Parade, the Fremont County Airshow and the craft event in Florence’s Pioneer Park the next day,” the release said. “The veterans from the McCandless Veterans (Community Living Center) have been invited as a tribute to their service.”
Each attendee will receive a ration booklet that was shared on First Friday in Cañon City and will be shared on Second Saturday in Florence. Tickets are available online at www.Eventbrite.com for $15 or at the Florence Chamber of Commerce, the Florence Pioneer Museum and the Rockvale and Coal Creek Town Halls.
No pets will be allowed, except service animals, who are specifically trained to aid people with disabilities. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID.
In conjunction, G.I. Jive Big Band Bash has partnered with the historic Florence Pioneer Day group, the Fremont County Airport, Florence Elks Lodge No. 611 and Rockvale Community Preservation. right and early the next day, the Fremont County Airport Airshow will be held from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fremont County Airport.
The show will feature demonstrations, aerobatics, static displays, music, food and lots of fun.
“The Experimental Aircraft Association will do their pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. (in the hangar next to the main office),” said Airport Manager Wes Brandt.
In the meantime, aircraft, owned by regional pilots will fly in along with military. As part of the event, classic cars will be on display intermixed inside the show area with the airplanes from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“They’re bringing in an F-4 fighter simulator,” Brandt added. “It’s going to be the same similar concept as before.”
Also, food vendors will include the Florence Elks Lodge No. 611 grilling hamburgers and hotdogs during the day.
The performers will include Don Nelson with the North American SNJ Aerobatics, Gary Rower with Super Stearman Aerobatics, Tom Larkin with his Mini Jet Precision Exotic Races and air show performer Bob Freeman with the Extra 330 SC., which is a single seat, low-wing aerobatic monoplane. It has a conventional taildragger landing gear.
Those attending can hop a shuttle, which will run every 15 minutes from the airport to the swimming pool at Pioneer Park in Florence throughout the day. “(The air show) is free admission,” Brandt said.