GOSHEN — You wouldn't know it from the ear-splitting roar it makes as it passes overhead, but that's a stealth fighter jet that will be circling Goshen Saturday.
The city got a preview of the F-22 Raptor in action Wednesday as the U.S. Air Force's Demonstration Team put the jet through its paces ahead of a full show planned for America's Freedom Fest. The air show at the Goshen Municipal Airport is Saturday starting about 6 p.m.
Airport Manager Randy Sharkey explained how America's Freedom Fest, which is marking its third year, was formed by the merging of Freedom Fest and Celebrate America in 2017.
"The Goshen airport has been hosting air shows since the early 1990s," he said. "And I'm proud to say that we have become one of the largest single-day air shows in the country."
Greg Lancet, one of the founders of Celebrate America, and Sen. Blake Doriot, a Goshen resident who holds a private pilot's license, also helped introduce the festival. They remarked on the patriotism and spirit behind the event.
Gates open at 1 p.m. at the air field, which is at 17229 C.R. 42. There will be aircraft on display throughout the day in addition to food vendors and children's rides.
Performances include the P-51 Heritage Flight, the Shockwave Jet Truck, Susan Dacy in Big Red, Sky Soldiers Helicopter demonstrations and skydivers. The Raptor show includes a 20-minute flyover with music and narration.
Mad Bomber Fireworks will start at dark, around 10 p.m. A full schedule can be found at americasfreedomfest.net.
Tickets in advance are $12 for adults and $4 for children. At the gate Saturday, tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Children under the age of 5 and veterans with military ID are free. For those who want to watch only the fireworks display, gates will open at 9 p.m. and no tickets will be required at that time.