GOSHEN — From helicopters and ribs to bike riding on trails to jazz music.
There are several events taking place for community members to enjoy and participate in this weekend.
The whirring of helicopter blades making their “whomp whomp” sound can be heard during the 3rd annual Rotors ‘n Ribs Fly-In at the Goshen Municipal Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with free admission. Aerial demonstrations with pyrotechnics display begins at noon at the airport located on C.R. 42. Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will be providing rides in their Huey and Cobra helicopters as well as Goshen Helicopter will offer rides for a fee.
The previous Fly-Ins were the largest gathering of helicopters in the Midwest with 46 helicopters. Their goal this year — to be the largest in the nation with 60 helicopters.
The 15th annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride has become a popular event for serious bikers and families alike, says Evan Bontrager, Bike Ride Chair and board member of The Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc.
“Ten to 15 percent of the riders are long distance bikers among the 1,100 to 1,200 bikers total,” Bontrager said. “It’s grown quite large and become one of the premier rides in northern Indiana. There are a mix of serious bike riders and families. All levels of skills are welcome.”
The ride routes range from 10 miles to 102 miles for bikers who want a vigorous workout to those want to bicycle at a more leisurely pace on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
“We use all the miles of the trail possible and have great routes,” Bontrager said. “The bike ride is our biggest fundraiser to continue to expand the trail system.”
For people who enjoy jazz, the 27th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival has become an internationally acclaimed event. The festival showcases more than 100 performers including Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Fourplay today and Sunday in downtown Elkhart. Festival passes begin at $35. Individual tickets for Aaron Neville start at $30. For more information visit the website, www.elkhartjazzfestival.com.
Dixie Robinson, a Goshen City Council member, praised the busy weekend activities in Goshen and surrounding areas.
“We are doing things in Goshen that other communities do not do and have chosen not to do,” Robinson said. “It’s good to get our young people involved in these types of things. It’s a good thing to keep our citizens and young people involved right here in our town.”