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Chippewa Valley Air Show kicks off Saturday in Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Thousands of people were looking up at the sky for some high flying fun on Saturday for the Chippewa Valley Air Show.

"People don't see stuff like this," said Tim Scobie, member of the Chippewa Valley Military Preservation Association. "They don't see stuff like the F-16 or the B-29, or the Hercules. These are things that people typically don't have the opportunity to get close to. And if we can give people the opportunity to actually touch it, feel it, smell it. I think it brings them a little closer to the experience that these people who are serving our country have every day."

There were dozens of static and interactive displays accessible to attendees. But the stars of the show were not so static.

"Of course the planes that chase each other around and you just can't hardly contain yourself because you are so afraid for them, but it's just so awesome," said attendee Bonnie Baarlie of Bruce.

But the sky stunts and static displays could not have happened without a lot of help. One group to step in, brought in 250 scouts.

"There's a lot of great stuff that the scouts are involved in today," said Matt Bartels of the Boy Scouts of America Chippewa Valley Council. "We're doing some clean up, set up for the VIP's area. We got people running gates, doing bag checks. And then we've got an entire scout zone where the scouts are doing different activities with the kids."

The scouts also manned the water filling stations.

Members of the Boy Scouts of America Chippewa Valley Council said this is the first and only air show to be run by a scout council.

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