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Air Museum poised for several fantastic fall events

Castle Air Museum, located at 5050 Santa Fe Drive in Atwater, has several fantastic events scheduled for September and October.

Major General Clay Garrison

On Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. in the Banquet Room, Clay Garrison, USAF Major General, Ret., will speak about his career in the military and his command of the Air National Guard.

He is a command pilot with almost 4,000 hours of flight time in the F-16 and F-15 and a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Weapons School, F-16 Division.

He recently retired from the Air Force after 31 years of service, after serving as the Commander of the California Air National Guard.

General Garrison is a native of Madera, and currently lives there.  He is married and has two children. He continues to be an avid aviator, serving as a certified flight instructor in airplanes and gliders, and a commercial pilot working for local companies as an aerial applicator and on-demand air taxi pilot.

Last Blast Car Show

On Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., spectators can enjoy classic cars and classic planes at the air museum’s annual Last Blast of the Summer Car Show!

Air Museum CEO Joe Pruzzo said, “The car show will be a fun event. We’re hoping for 300 to 400 cars of all kinds — hot rods, vintage, classic, and different eras and styles of cars. Two new groups are taking it on this year, the Modesto Throttlers and Pharoahs International.

“What makes it neat is you have vintage and classic cars around vintage aircraft, which adds to the ambiance. There will be vendors of car accessories and other items, such as ladies’ purses. There will be awards going to certain cars. There will be raffle prizes, such as a 55-inch flat screen TV.  Anyone can enter a drawing to win that. There will be food vendors. It will be a festive affair.  The admission is $10 for adults, and children under 12 are free.”

Pilots and Treats

On Oct. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the museum grounds, Pilots and Treats will be a fun event. It is a safe environment where parents can bring their kids in costumes. Air museum volunteers will be dressed as pilots and air mechanics, and they will be handing out candy near the aircraft. There will be a slime table where youth can make things. There will be food available for purchase. The admission for adults is $10 and for seniors, $5.  Kids under 18 in costume can get in for free with a paying adult.

Pruzzo concluded, “With all our events, we try to appeal to different tastes and likes. Open Cockpit Day is for families, and car shows are geared to couples and youth. Pilots and Treats appeals to children.”

The proceeds from the events go toward the operation and maintenance of the air museum.

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