Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are expecting approximately 150,000 people during Shawfest 2010 being held this weekend in Sumter. The event will feature the Thunderbirds, the US Air Force aerial demonstration team and the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. On display will be modern day military crafts from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force .
Shaw will be showing off vintage equipment as well, says 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson, Public Affairs:
We’re going to have some vintage warbirds as well. And we’ve also got some neat other things like the virtual army experience is a simulator where you can actually get into a Humvee – life-size , and do a virtual reality experience with a convoy in Iraq. We’ve got some other displays of vintage army equipment on the ground, the kids zone for the kids with inflatables and a rock wall. So, things for everybody.
Chilson says security is one of their major priorities at an event like this.
It’s pretty much like going through security checkpoints at the airport. We’ll have metal detectors for everybody to walk through. We’re going to have security forces when you enter the base, parking areas, on the flight line, guarding the aircraft. So, that’s definitely a top priority for us.
Chilson says this is opportunity to welcome the public on base and they look forward to doing so.
It’s not everyday, or even every year that we get to open our gates for the public and let them come on base. You know, they’re driving by all the time, and they hear about us on the news and they see and hear our airmen coming and going. So this is a chance for them to come on base and meet our airmen see our aircraft up close and personal.
She says this gives the men and women of our service the chance to share their stories with the public.
They take pride in what they do and this is an opportunity for them to tell their story and to share it with the public. So, we’re really looking forward to having everybody out this weekend.
The two-day event is free all weekend. More information may be found online at http://www.shawfest2010.com