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Granite Falls air show to be a tribute to World War II veterans

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GRANITE FALLS -- Pilots will be taking World War II vintage aircraft to the skies over Granite Falls to re-enact aerial fights of the 1940s, while others dressed in the Allied and German uniforms of the day will play their part by interacting with crowds on the ground.

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The 2010 Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow will be a tribute to all of veterans. The event Saturday at Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport south of Granite Falls, is free to all World War II veterans and children under the age of 10.

Gates will open at 1 p.m. with the air show at 4 p.m.

The World War II tribute will feature bombing runs with live explosions, re-enactments of aerial fights and a host of war aircraft and vehicles on display. Ron Fagen, founder of Fagen Inc., is putting his P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang to the air. A variety of other, World War II-era craft are expected along with ground vehicles.

A dance is also scheduled at the airport hanger starting at 7 p.m. and will feature Doc's All Stars 1940s-era band from Alexandria.

Tickets are $5 for ages 10-17 and $10 for adults. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food and refreshments will be available.

Parking is available on site and at Prairie's Edge Casino. Buses will run all day.

All proceeds from the admission will be donated to Minnesota's Military Appreciation Fund.

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