For the fifth straight year, the Taylor Municipal Airport will host the Rocket 100 Air Race Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will host close to 50 entries and will include a race over 150-miles cross-country that returns to the Taylor Municipal Airport.
“Everybody loves airplanes,” Taylor participant Mike Thompson said. “There is something for everybody who wants to come out and enjoy the fun.”
This year has the most air race entries in the history of the Taylor event. The show lasts until 4 p.m. with food vendors and arts and crafts available to the public. Admission is free to those who would like to attend.
The race will include homemade aircrafts from B-57 Mustangs to Sesna 150’s with the start of the race beginning at 9:15 a.m.
The race is just part of the event, as local and out of state pilots will converge for the last race of the season. Planes of all kinds will take part in the race, and photo opportunities will be available.
“All of the race planes and the pilots will be accessible for those in attendance,” Thompson said. “The admission is free, and anybody who likes airplanes and wants to come participate and enjoy in the fun can be a part of the action.”
The race is not all about competition, according to Thompson and the other racers. It is all about showcasing the airplanes and the chance to show off the planes to the public.
Racers from as far as Canada come down to show off their skills and the unique air planes that will fly in the sky around the Taylor airport.
I was allowed to take part in the race in the “Air Tigger” in the 2009 event, and it is worth attending for anyone who wants to have a good time. Food, drinks and a new experience will be rewarded to anyone in attendance.