Fourth Year of Wings and Wheels

There was a time when I didn’t know what a ”signature event” is. Now I know. Wings and Wheels, one of Bath County’s signature events, brings people from all over the region to Ingalls Field on top of Airport Mountain in Bath County on Saturday, July 16th from 10;00 until 4:00.   And what motivates them? All things body work, mechanical and speed related. On Saturday, car enthusiasts will also enjoy an air show, live music, festival food, and activities for children including a bounce house and climbing wall. All of these are available under one admission fee of 5.00 or 3.00 for Children12 and under. Kids under 3 are free.

This is the 8th year of Wings and Wheels, and as Mark Nelson, Director of Parks and Recreation said, “If you can drive it or fly it, you can see it here.” Last year over 4,000 people attended, and the event continues to grow.

The event is sponsored by four Bath County organizations, Chamber of Commerce, the Airport Authority, the office of Tourism and Economic Development, and Parks and Recreation.   Over 100 show cars will be on display. Those antiques cars, as well as trucks, motorcycles and tractors will be judged professionally in categories from “best paint” to “best engineered”.   The judges will also pick 25 “top picks” from all the entries in the show. All classes will receive trophies.

The air show runs from 1:00 until 3:00. The line –up begins with Keith Davis performing in a Pitts Bi-plane, and continues with Tony Royal in an L-29 Jet, Scott Francis in an EXP Aerobatic, Wendall-Hall in a T-28, Alex Newsom in a PO51 and Barry Aventin a CorsairF4U. For those who would tour through a C46, “Tinker Bell” will be there to walk through.   Helicopter or plane rides will also be available. If you want your picture taken with one of the stunt pilots, then make time for that before the show starts at 1:00.

DJ Lone Wolf will keep the music coming, and Big Country amusements will be providing the amusement rides including the rock climbing wall. With any questions contact Maggie Anderson at 839-7202, or visit wings and .

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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