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SkyFest returns to Fairchild this weekend

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - After a three year hiatus, SkyFest returns to Fairchild Air Force Base this weekend.

One of the highlights of this show will be the Air Force Thunderbirds who will close out events on Friday.

SkyFest is really a celebration of the 75 years of Fairchild Air Force Base and the 70th anniversary of the Air Force being an independent service.

The Air Force Thunderbirds will own the sky over Spokane for the next few days.

But SkyFest is more than just the Thunderbirds.

“That's why we've got Navy aircraft here, we've got Air Force aircraft here, we've got vintage cars that are going to be here,” said Major Richard Hennies.

If you plan on going to SkyFest this weekend, there are a few things to remember.

-Weapons, marijuana, and alcohol aren't allowed into the event.
-Cameras, earplugs, water, and sunscreen are okay.
-There will be security searches and all of your bags will be checked before you go in. Bags must be mesh or see-through.
-WSP and WSDOT are partnering up to help out with traffic for the event.
-You'll notice “no parking” signs along Highway 2 from the Air Force Base main gate to Rambo Road.
-The general public can use the main and Rambo Road gates to enter the base. Those with handicaps and RV's should use the Graham Road gate to get it.

Whether you're going to SkyFest or not, be prepared for heavy traffic on Highway 2 from I-90 to Fairchild throughout the weekend.