Gas station owner Jeannie Wood says – during the airshow – business definitely picks up.
“We see a lot of people that we only see one time a year, so it must be the airshow.”
Wood owns the Chevron Station on Zinfandel Drive, just off Highway 50. It’s a few miles away from Mather Airport.
“They buy the gas, they buy a ton of ice, ice chests, hot dogs, potato chips and drinks. So it’s good for our business.”
…good not just for the local gas stations and convenience stores. Jane Daley is with the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce.
“The local hotels here fill. We also know that some of the restaurants that are located near the airshow are beefing up their staffing in preparation for this weekend.”
Just how many spectators will the event draw? Airshow spokeswoman Karen Doron says ticket sales are up this year.
“We had about 77,000 people last year and we know we’re going to have more this year.”
And how much money does that mean for the local economy? Mike Testa with the Sacramento Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says they estimate around $5 million. Pretty good for a recession.
“Events like this are struggling across the country because of the economy. But I think when you look at this region and the way the folks that live here have supported events and you mix in the folks that are coming from out of town, I think they’re looking at a successful weekend this year.”
The airshow will include performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds along with other aerial performers and vintage aircraft.