You can skydive at Wings and Wheels this year or vote for someone else to do it

There’s excitement in the air, and on the ground, as Wings and Wheels is set for this Saturday at Ingalls Field in Bath County.  You can enjoy an air show, a car show and a motorcycle stunt team performance along with lots of other activities for all ages.

And this year Wings and Wheels features a parachute jump for charity to benefit the Bath County Christmas Mother.  Your donations determine who will make the jump.

Celine Pritt, is the Tourism Coordinator for Bath County.

“We have Mark Nelson, the Director of Parks and Rec, Ashton Harrison, the County Administrator and Melinda Hooker, the Band Director,” says Pritt.  “And basically you put your money in the jar that you would love to see the person jump out of an airplane.  And whoever ends up with the most money in the jar is the one who gets selected that day to jump.  You can vote in advance.  We have jars placed in the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the courthouse and we also have jars in the Chamber.  So you can stop by and put your dollars in with whoever you want to see jump.”

Your fun at Wings and Wheels can start early, if you also would like to strap yourself to a skydiver and jump out of a plane.

“On Friday evening to kick off Wings and Wheels for Saturday, you can tandem jump,” says Pritt.   “We’ll be up there and we’ll have some food for you and it will be a great time.”

The cost to do the tandem jump is $159.  They will be offered on Friday between 9 and 4 and you must register in advance.

On Saturday at Wings and Wheels you can enjoy an airshow featuring a skydiving team and plane acrobatics.  And on the ground High Rollerz Freestyle Entertainment, a motorcycle stunt and freestyle team, will perform all day and they will also take a turn on the runway for a special show of additional stunts.    And there’s the car show, that’s open to a variety of entries.

“We even have lawnmowers signing up this time,” says Pritt.  “There’s tractor, truck, bike and car.    And we have a couple lawnmowers that did a lawnmower pull.  And so they’re like jacked up lawnmowers and so they’re entering.”

The theme of Wings and Wheels is “A Salute to Those Who Serve”.  To honor and thank police, fire, rescue and military personnel there will be special raffles and prizes all day for those in attendance who have served in those fields.

There will also be more activities for children this year with carnival and interactive games and rock climbing, bouncy houses, a train and a mechanical bull.  And there will be food, vendors and music provided by the band Vinyl Frontier.

“I am most looking forward to the jump for charity so see who gets chosen for that,” says Pritt.  “I think it’s going to be a close call.  I have no idea.”

Wings and Wheels is Saturday, September 20, from 11 to 5 at Ingalls Field in Hot Springs.  It will be held rain or shine. Admission is $5 per person and it’s free for ages 15 and under.

To learn more about Wings and Wheels, including information on how to register for the tandem jumps, visit or call 540-839-7202.   

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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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