2020 Airshow Season is Ramping Up



On July 4th, Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake found a way to triumph over the current circumstances, and succeeded in an ever-changing climate. Over 25 acts performed, including both military and civilian, in what was the first large scale air show of the 2020 North American air show season. Due to its unique location over Cedar Creek Lake in Mabank, Texas, the event was able to host 55,000 spectators, all socially distanced. Add to that the nearly 60,000 views of the LiveAirShowTV live stream, and it’s no wonder why event organizer and performer Randy Ball considered it a success.

“I got emotional at the briefing,” said Ball. “It was food for the soul to see everyone,” he continued. Randy and his team also brought in a couple ACEs to conduct SAC evaluations as part of the event to renew aerobatic cards for the year.

Thunder directly supports the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation, and Ball says that they raised a record amount this year, with some of the donations still being counted. An outpouring of community support and excited new sponsors helped to make the show a success. Ball and the air show team are already planning for their 2021 show, and are looking forward to an exciting 2020 ICAS convention.



The Flying Circus in Bealeton, Virginia, hosted its first show of the 2020 air show season on Sunday, July 5.  Last Sunday’s invitation-only event was held to recognize and thank first responders in Fauquier County, 60 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The first public show of the 2020 season will be held on July 12.

With air shows on most spring, summer and fall Sunday afternoons, the Flying Circus is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.  Operating in strict compliance with crowd size restrictions in place in the state of Virginia and in close cooperation with state and local public health officials, the Circus will hold additional shows through October for crowds of up to 1,000 people.

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