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Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow returns Sept. 2020

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Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow returns Sept. 2020
The Hammond Airshow Foundation is excited to announce that the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow will take flight again on September 19-20, 2020, at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport, with First Guaranty Bank also signing back on as the 2020 presenting sponsor.

“It is a great honor for First Guaranty Bank to be asked to be the presenting sponsor of the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow for 2020,” President and CEO Alton Lewis said. “First Guaranty Bank welcomes the opportunity to support the City of Hammond, this great event, and our entire community in any way that we can. Let’s all work together to make this a great success.”

The Hammond-based bank was also the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Airshow, joining more than 70 other sponsors, both businesses and individuals, committed to putting on a strong event.

“Our entire Hammond area rallied around the 2018 Airshow and made it an incredible event,” Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto said. “The Hammond Airshow brings families and friends together for an awesome experience. People told me as the Airshow finished that they were already looking forward to the next one in 2020.”

This past year, over 35,000 guests from across the region enjoyed top name acts such as Skip Stewart, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Shockwave Jet Truck, the all-female Misty Blues Jump Team, and the biggest headline – the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

Newly elected Hammond Airshow Foundation board officers are President Guy Recotta, Vice-President Mayor Pete Panepinto, Treasurer Theresa Harris and Secretary Joe Thomas, as well as Airport Director David Lobue, Paul Cutrer who handles performance management, William Wainwright who handles logistics and Chip Rocker, who joins the board this year.

“The Foundation is appreciative of the support the community gave to the 2018 Airshow,” President Guy Recotta said. “Its success was due to First Guaranty Bank who led the way by stepping up as presenting sponsor, and the support of all of our other sponsors and volunteers. The 2020 show will be even more thrilling!”

Over the next two years, the Foundation board will be working to secure acts and sponsors, and work out the logistics to put on another successful airshow. The Foundation board has also been trained and certified through the International Council of Airshows (ICAS), completing Airshow 101 and 102. This yearly ICAS event also gives them the opportunity to meet top national and international airshow talent.

Local nonprofits receiving support from the 2018 Airshow proceeds include the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Hammond Afterschool Program, Hammond High Magnet School Torbotics and the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum STEM Summer Camp.

“I’m honored to work with everyone to host the Hammond Airshow in 2020 because it benefits Hammond in so many ways,” Panepinto said. “People visit who may never come to Hammond otherwise. They eat, stay, and shop in Hammond, seeing everything that we have to offer.”

Airshow enthusiasts are encouraged to follow the Airshow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hammondLAairshow and on the web at www.hammondairshow.com for all the latest news.

Businesses interested in being a part of the Airshow, should visit www.hammondairshow.com/become-a-sponsor to contact the Foundation.

Home of the Airshow, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport is fully equipped to handle large aircraft, with dual lighted runways as well as an air traffic control tower. The airfield is over 900 acres and has based 193 aircraft including general, corporate, and military aircraft. Also located on the airfield is unimproved land for development by corporate or private aviation individuals.

Official HNRA FGB Sponsorship Photo – Pictured from left to right are Hammond Mayor and Hammond Airshow Foundation Vice President Pete Panepinto, First Guaranty Bank President and CEO Alton Lewis, Senior Vice President Marketing & Loan Administration Desiree Simmons, and Hammond Airshow Foundation President Guy Recotta.