The Airshow of the Cascades began with a group of friends who were invited to fly over to their friend's ranch once a year for a get together. That ranch, just north of Madras, was the home of Ron Ochs, his wife Laurice, and their family. Ron and his family hosted several of these "fly-ins" at the ranch during the late 70’s and early 80’s and it became quite the event among the local residents.
Although not all of their friends had airplanes, however, and the resulting "cruise in" was created when the rest would drive their fancy show cars up to the ranch instead. The event became so popular, they agreed they should find a larger location and try bringing in a couple of aerial acts to spice things up a bit.
Former Madras Airport Manager, Don Mobley - a friend and experienced pilot who had experience with airshows in collaboration with the Ochs family, and many others, began building an airshow.
In 2000, the first official Airshow of the Cascades was held at the historic WWII Madras Airport and it has been growing and prospering there ever since.
The Airshow of the Cascades was established as a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization which is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and supported by several civic groups, an army of volunteers, along with a cadre of incredibly generous sponsors.
Each year, the Airshow provides an opportunity and a venue for local community organizations to raise money for their programs and scholarships (over $10,000/year and growing!), while our generous sponsors continue to provide the funding which allows the Airshow to offer FREE entry for our valued Veterans and for children 5 and under. This keeps the Airshow a family and community-friendly event.
There aren't many Airshows that can boast such an up close and personal experience with a spectacular scenic backdrop like the Cascade Mountain Range and a partnership with the world-renowned Erickson Aircraft Collection museum sharing the same runway.
We know we are truly lucky to have such a wonderful legacy to uphold, and we owe it to those who came before us, to continue to "keep 'em flying".
Our enduring thanks goes out to The Ochs Family, Don Mobley, and all the others who made their dream a reality. We appreciate your trust in our Board and your commitment to our community!