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'Ambassadors of Excellence' are ready for Reading Air Fest

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 25 2014 04:44:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2014 06:56:39 PM CDT

The Reading Air Fest kicks off this weekend in Berks County and the lineup is packed with high-performance acts and stunts.

READING, Pa. -

The Reading Air Fest kicks off this weekend in Berks County and the lineup is packed with high-performance acts and stunts.

On Friday, 69 News tagged along with the United States Army Parachute Team to see what visitors can expect on Saturday and Sunday.

The Golden Knights are referred to as the Ambassadors of Excellence. They flew high over Bern Township and performed their dare-devil act during a practice run.

"Exhilarating, that's a good word for it, you definitely get that adrenaline rush," said Specialist Luke Olk.

"We know that there's a lot of anticipation, there's a lot of excitement and we're amped up and excited," said Sgt. First Class Kevin Presgraves.

Presgraves is the team leader of the black demonstration team. He has jumped more than 2,300 times. He said it's still nerve-racking but the crowd makes it all worth while.

"Even when we're sitting there floating at 2,000 or 1,000 feet, to hear the crowd already yelling, there's nothing like it in the world," said Presgraves.

Berks County will get the chance to see the Golden Knights at the Reading Air Fest along with a classic car show, a South Pacific clam bake and BBQ and live music.

"We wanted to have an economic impact, but we want it to be fun as possible and this is fun," said Dave Weidler, the marketing manager for the Air Fest.

"We get to travel the country, jump into different air shows and sporting events and really connect people with the U.S. Army," said Olk.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Berks County Animal Rescue League.