Kids can spread their wings this week with free airplane rides at Paso Robles AirFest.
AirFest kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a party at the hangar at Paso Robles Municipal Airport featuring aircraft displays, food, wine, beer and music by the Martin Paris Band.
The main event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday — Airport Appreciation Day — at the Paso Robles airport. The event will feature a flag ceremony at noon, a performance by the Paso Robles High School marching band and a speech by Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin.
Highlights of the day include model aircraft demonstrations by the North County Cloud Clippers, children’s activities, a barbecue lunch and aircraft displays ranging from antique military planes to modern jets. Paso Robles company Del Rio Aviation will offer scenic helicopter rides for a fee.
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The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer free Young Eagles flights for children ages 8 to 17, plus other goodies.
Ticket for Friday’s AirFest party are $25 apiece. Saturday’s event is free; parking costs $5.