The Airshow of the Cascades started out with a group of friends and their airplanes who would fly-in to a 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. He and his family hosted several of these fly-ins at the ranch during the late 70’s and early 80’s and they became quite the event among the local residents. Since not all their friends had airplanes, many drove their fancy show cars up to the ranch. The event became so popular they agreed they should find a larger location and try bringing in a couple of aerial acts.
Don Mobley - a friend and experienced pilot who had experience with airshows and was managing the Madras Airport at the time - along with the Ochs family and many others, began building an airshow. In 2000, the first Airshow of the Cascades was held at the Madras airport and it's been growing and prospering there ever since.
The Airshow of the Cascades is a non-profit 501c3 governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by several civic groups, an army of volunteers, and a cadre of generous sponsors. Each year, the Airshow provides a venue for local civic organizations to raise money for their programs and scholarships (over $10,000/year and growing!). Our generous sponsors continue to provide the funding that allows us to offer free entry for our valued Veterans and children 5 and under, keeping this event family-friendly.
There aren't many Airshows that can boast an up close and personal experience with a spectacular scenic backdrop like the Cascade Mountain Range and a world-renowned aircraft museum for a partner. We know we're blessed and we owe it to those who came before us and made it all happen. Thank you Ochs Family, Don Mobley, and all the others who were there from day one. We appreciate your legacy and will strive to keep it soaring!