Skyfest brings big business to Airway Heights

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- More than 100,000 people were expected to attend Skyfest Saturday and Sunday at Fairchild Air force Base. Businesses in Airway Heights were gearing up for the two-day event.

From restaurants to hotels, business was already on the rise Friday.

Assistant General Manager at Longhorn BBQ Chris Garcia said while there were lots of customers Friday, he expected even more people Saturday and Sunday with Skyfest in town.

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“We're really, really excited,” said Garcia. “It's going to be great for the business. We're really looking forward to having all the traffic come through here.”

Days Inn staff said the hotel was booked for the weekend and the Stratford Suites had only a few rooms available as of Friday.
   
Workers at La Preza Mexican restaurant near Fairchild said they were glad that Skyfest has returned after a four-year hiatus.
     
“If history repeats itself, I think we'll have a really good crowd out here,” said Clint Hernandez with La Preza.

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The economic impact for Airways Heights was expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
   
But the pride these businesses have in Skyfest may outweigh the money they earn.
   
“I'm glad they finally brought it back to us, so hopefully it will be another good run for us and the businesses out here,” said Hernandez.
   
Admission for Skyfest is free both Saturday and Sunday.

The airfield was set to open at 9 a.m. and the air show was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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