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Our Opinion: A show worth seeing

March 09, 2001

The Blue Angels air show is one of the biggest annual events in the Imperial Valley and for good reason. It attracts tens of thousands of people from the Imperial Valley and elsewhere. They come to be thrilled not only by the Angels but by the stunt pilots and aerobatics staged throughout the day.

While many local people will be involved with the large animal auction and other activities at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta on Saturday, we urge all who can to enjoy Saturday's display by the Navy's elite flight demonstration team. The show is free and one the whole family can enjoy together. The show offers a chance to take part in an event few areas experience.

Not everyone has the Blue Angels practice in their own back yard. That is one more thing that makes living in the Imperial Valley just a little more special.

The Valley has a strong relationship with the Angels. Our weather and open air space have attracted the Blue Angels for winter training for decades. The team arrives in January and almost every day you can either hear or see the familiar blue and gold jets piercing the skies above the Imperial Valley. The team and its crew stay in the Valley until March.

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The air show is a good return for what we provide the Angels. For using the Valley's air space we have the thrill of seeing the Angels put on their first show of the year. Let's take advantage of that.

The air show also gives you a chance to visit Naval Air Facility El Centro, which plays an important role in the Valley. Located near Seeley, the Navy base is a city unto itself. It is one of the largest employers in the Valley, which makes it important to our local economy. So the Valley and the base form a symbiotic relationship. We need each other.

Make time Saturday to visit the base and watch the Blue Angels and the other aeronautic acrobatic teams perform. Not only will it be fun for the whole family, it will be an educational experience.

Gates open at 9 a.m.

While the show is free, be prepared to buy food, drinks or mementos during the show. Take along your beach chairs, hats and plenty of sunscreen and get ready for a show you won't soon forget.

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