Plans for air show being finalized

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) —  The “Thunder Over the Valley” air show is just 10 days away and organizers said Wednesday that plans are nearly complete for the May 17 and 18 event.

The air show itself is free. However, it will cost $5 to park this year.

There will be no parking at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station this year. Instead, shuttles will be transporting people to the air base from either Eastwood Field or the old Delphi plant in Warren.

“With the fiscal climate the way it is we had to make a change and we are eternally grateful that our community partners, our private sector partners, were able to step up and do the busing for us to bring our guests to the show for a very nominal but necessary fee,” said air show director Major Jay Ference.

Organizers said besides the Thunderbirds, there are several local acts and a huge amount of military displays planned.

“Which is amazing for us because the military is only allowed to go to military air shows. The public will get to see a military stag display that they won’t get to see at civilian air shows around the country,” Ference said.

The air show is still short on funding by about $40,000. However, organizers hope to raise that money before the show begins.

Youngstown is one of only 16 Air Force bases around the world to be selected to host an air show this year.


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