Air Fiesta Soars Into Town

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The forecast is set to be perfect this weekend as Air Fiesta flies into town. Almost two dozen performers are ready to wow the crowds by performing aerobatic acts in the sunny skies over Brownsville

this Saturday and Sunday.

“We have several national acts, including a sailplane performer that does aerobatics in a ‘Super Salto’ sailplane,” Assistant Director of the Airshow Chris Houston said.

“We have a wide variety of acts, … lots of different types of aerobatics and antique planes and modern airplanes,” Houston said.

But the show offers more than just planes, as Houston explained. “We also have the camel rides back. If you haven’t ridden a camel, you can go ride a camel. And we also have white tigers,” he said. “You don’t ride the tigers, you just look at them,” he quipped.

There will also be a trade show with numerous vendors selling handmade other items, as well as a bigger, and better Kiddie Land, Houston said.

The air field’s museum will be open, offering guests a view of several antique vehicles, including a 1929 fire engine.

A strong man competition will pit man against machine, as competitors try to see who can haul a plane across the tarmac. Houston said that in this, the second year of the strong man competition, the show’s organizers had to get a bigger plane. “If you’ve never been to a strong man competition, it’s hard to believe what they can do,” he said. “We’ve got a lot bigger plane this time.”

The fun takes place at the CAF Rio Grande Valley Wing, right next door to the Brownsville – South Padre Island International Airport, located at 955 South Minnesota Ave., Brownsville.

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and the flying begins at noon.

For more information, visit or call (956)541-8585.

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