Ramona Air Fair Flies in Oct. 7

Cool airplanes, awesome cars, flapjacks, Mexican food, live country music, a hot air balloon and a really big Smokey Bear — if that sounds interesting to you, you’re in luck!

Visitors can see all of that and more from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 when the Ramona Air Fair & Fly-in comes back to Ramona Airport at 2926 Montecito Road.

The event and parking are free. Visitors will get the chance to get close-up looks at vintage aircraft, including Chuck Hall’s WWII-era P-51 Mustang, “Six Shooter,” experimental aircraft, helicopters and firefighting air tankers. The airport’s control tower will be open for tours.

There are also expected to be 30 to 40 cherried-out cars to see. Children and teens between the ages of 8 and 17 will be able to take free flights with the Young Eagles. There will be a tethered hot air balloon for people to ride in. And country and Southern rock band “Del Rio,” and the KSON promo team, will entertain.

There will also be games, free face-painting, balloons and piñatas for children, and a pancake breakfast, Mexican lunch, food truck and other fare for a fee.

Ramona Air Fair Plane on Tarmac

Visitors can also tour the Classic Rotors Helicopter Museum, the U.S. Forest Service’s helitack base and the CAL FIRE air attack base. Most of the airport’s flight schools and businesses are also expected to be open.


Ramona Airport is one of the County’s eight airports and is the oldest CAL FIRE air attack base in the state. California’s fire service started flying missions out of Ramona Airport 60 years ago in 1957.

For more information about the airport, go to the County Department of Public Works’ Ramona Airport web page.



Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact