WASILLA — The city of Wasilla is hosting the third annual Wasilla Fly-in Airshow this weekend, pulling city officials, local volunteers, and pilots from across the state together for a one of a kind series of aerial competitions and performances.

“People are really eager to get out. It’s a really nice family affair. We’re excited about it and I think it should be a successful event,” volunteer and event promoter Mike Koskovich said.

Wings over Wasilla will feature a spectrum of small airplane performances with several competitions like the show and shine event, a skydiving demonstration, and Missing Man Formation.

Friday is dedicated to registration and preparation, also featuring vendor booths and a beer garden. Air shows run Saturday and Sunday. Koskovich said there will be an official opening ceremony Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

There will be shuttle buses and golf carts onsite to escort attendees, according to Koskovich. He said there will be a variety of vendors and food trucks onsite on top of scheduled events and activities to enjoy throughout the weekend.

“The weather should be good… If that’s the case, I expect a fairly good turnout,” Koskovich said.

Alaska has the highest rate of pilots per capita in the whole country with an ever-growing number of professionals entering the field and participating in events like Wings over Wasilla.

Koskovich said the pandemic didn’t stop them from seeing an estimated 10,000 attendees over the course of the weekend in 2020. He said that he anticipates an even larger crowd this weekend.

“We’ve come a long way...It’s getting some name recognition,” Koskovich said. “It’s a bit of work but a lot of fun.”

For more information, call 907-373-9050 or visit the event page at facebook.com/wingsoverwasillaairshow.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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