Pierre To Host Stop On Midwest All-Female Air Race In June

(KCCR) — Pierre Regional Airport is adding another event to a busy 2020 schedule. Just weeks ago it was announced a large air show will be held at the airport on Independence Day weekend. Mayor Steve Harding says Pierre Regional has been named a stop on a unique air race through the middle of the country…

“They’re all women pilots and there’ll be 50 to 60 participants in this so they’re teams so there could be 20 to 30 to 40 aircraft flying into Pierre, refueling; depending on weather it’ll probably be a refueling stop, it won’t be an overnight stop, but it will still be fun to see a lot of different aircraft flying in, refueling; it’ll be getting pretty busy seeing lots of planes land and take off our there. So that will be an interesting thing and as far as I know, we’ve never had anything like that before.”
Harding says it’s a 2500 mile race that will begin in Grand Forks, North Dakota…

“They have six stops so they’ll fly to…they’ll start in Grand Forks; they’ll fly to Pierre and then I think they go to Sheridan, Wyoming and then they go south into Nebraska and they end up in Indiana. That’ll be happening in June, so just about a week before the air show, maybe 10 days, that race will be coming through Pierre.”
The City of Pierre received notice that Pierre is being included as a stop in the race late Tuesday afternoon. Additional details will come out on the race in the months ahead. The “Let Freedom Fly” air show is set for July 4th and 5th at Pierre Regional Airport.