Big Air at the Fair
It’s not often that one gets to see motorcycles flying overhead, ATVs back flipping, and snowmobiles getting big air against the blue skies of summer. It’s even rarer when big-name motorsports freestyle heavies like X-Games medalists Brian McCarty and Travis Pastrana make a stop in Gillette with a team of top-rate talent.
Saturday night at the Campbell County Fair marks Octane Addictions’ debut appearance in Gillette. Typically, these guys hit the bigger cities, according to Tyler Johnson, who along with his team, is super excited to be making a stop in Wyoming.
“It’s a freaking amazing show – everything people see on TV,” Johnson said from his cell phone as he zipped through Montana en route to their next gig, talking excitedly of front flips on ATVs and the huge airbag landing system that allows them to get even bigger air. “We’re bringing them the best.”
Johnson used to race snowmobiles, but now in his 40s, he’s been focusing primarily on promotion and bringing the show to the outlying, smaller rural areas. His goal is to bring the big names to small towns, so people don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to see a world-class motorsports show.
Based out of Billings, Montana, Johnson loves the smaller western towns as do his riders, who enjoy getting out to talk to and perform in front of “real” people instead of the huge faceless, roaring crowds.
“It’s not about fame or fortune,” Johnson said. “It’s about having fun. The guys like it because it’s pure, real people, and real towns. You can go to Vegas and perform before 70,000 and line of autographs, but the neat part is that it almost means more to those smaller crowds.”
The guys also ham up to the smaller crowds, too, Johnson thinks, because they get in the groove of riding and having fun.
“They realize the show isn’t all about the riding,” he said. “It’s also about shaking the booties and kissing the moms.”
The crowd is going to go wild when they see these performances, he said, adding it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see this caliber of big air and tricks in their hometown.
The Octane Addictions Extreme Freestyle Show begins at 7 p.m. in Morningside Park. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults and $8 youth. Ticket prices rise to $20 for adults and $10 for youth the day of the show, and can be purchased at the Cam-Plex Ticket Office or online.