Tailgating Policy

Tailgating during the air show offers community members and air show spectators an opportunity to enjoy this year’s air show acts in a manner that gives them flexibility without having to combat traffic or large crowds on the installation. This policy provides guidelines to help ensure a safe, family-friendly environment, and applies only to the use of Laughlin’s designated air show tailgating area.

The base reserves the right to determine what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable on its property. Officers from the 47th Flying Training Wing Security Forces Squadron and local law enforcement are authorized to enforce our policies and may, at their discretion, restrict or prohibit base access. Individuals or groups who do not comply with this policy or relevant laws may have their tailgating privileges revoked and may be removed from the base’s property, among other possible remedies.

Tailgating is not permitted for the following:

  1. a tent larger than 10×20 feet, OR
  2. more than three 10×10 foot tents, OR
  3. more than a 20×20 foot space, OR
  4. any electric usage

All tailgaters must comply with Texas’ state laws, as well as the following:


  • Tailgating is restricted to Laughlin’s official air show and open house, “Fiesta of Flight.” tailgating area
  • Tailgates can begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and must end no later than the after the headline performance
  • Only Laughlin affiliated groups may sell admission to the tailgating area
  • Solicitation or selling of any items or food is prohibited
  • Setting up, marking off or holding a tailgate space in advance of the tailgating period (May 12, 2018, at 8 a.m.) is prohibited

Public Safety

  • The use or carrying of any weapons, regardless of permit, is prohibited. This includes firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray or stun guns and any ammunition or any form of explosives (i.e., Fireworks)
  • Climbing on cars, tents or any infrastructure associated with the tailgating area is prohibited
  • Bounce houses are prohibited
  • Personal use of golf carts is prohibited
  • Drones are prohibited


  • All groups serving alcoholic beverages must comply with all federal and state guidelines
  • Playing of games that involve consumption of alcohol or use of alcohol-related paraphernalia are prohibited, including but not limited to beer pong, flip cup, shot gunning, etc.
  • Glass containers are prohibited – all beverages must be in aluminum or plastic containers
  • Any keg or other common source container requires is subject to law enforcement inspection prior to entrance in the tailgating area

Barbecue Grills

  • An ABC multi-purpose or water fire extinguisher is required when using a BBQ pit or grill (ABC fire extinguishers are able to extinguish many types of fires)
  • Grills must be at least 15 feet away from vehicles
  • Grilling under tents is prohibited
  • Propane containers must be secured to the grill or in a crate
  • Fire pits, smokers and other types of recreational fires are prohibited
  • Coals must be fully extinguished and cold, then placed into the appropriate aluminum cans or a clean noncombustible container for disposal


Note that use of electrical outlets in or on the tailgating area are prohibited unless approved by Laughlin officials

  • Generators must be at least 15 feet away from any structure
  • All electrical connections must be U.L. approved (indicating they meet required safety standards)
  • All electrical cords must be taped down


  • Tents must be secured
  • Tents may not obstruct sidewalks, walkways, or fire lanes
  • Tents must be placed at least 10 feet away from buildings or other tents
  • No tent poles or stakes may be driven into the ground and tents cannot be anchored to buildings


  • Trash must be disposed of in proper receptacles
  • Groups are responsible for returning their area back to its original state before departing the designated area


  • Amplified sound that can be heard further than five feet away from the amplifying unit, or registering more than 80 decibels, is prohibited, including but not limited to radio station vans, live bands, DJs, televisions, iPod sound systems, small battery-powered devices, etc.


  • Overnight parking is prohibited
  • RVs or large mobile homes are not permitted to park in the tailgating area



For further questions or concerns contact the 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs office at (830) 298-5262.