Controlled parking and security checks planned for Vienna air show

Shuttles will be running from designated parking lots to the air reserve station

The air show in Vienna, Ohio is set for Father's Day weekend.

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Thunder Over the Valley Air Show at the Vienna Air Reserve Station is scheduled for this weekend, and plans are underway to make it easy to get around at the show.

Shuttles will be running from designated parking lots to the air reserve station.

The primary parking lot is at the old Delphi facility, 1265 North River Rd., Warren. If that lot fills up, drivers will be directed to the nearby Phantoms Fireworks, 3566 Larchmont Ave. NE.

“If those parking lots fill up, we have backup parking lots at Kent State Trumbull and TCTC. If those lots fill up, we’re done for the day,” said Master Sargent Bob Barko, Jr., public affairs representative with the 910th Airlift Wing.

The first shuttle to the show runs at 8:30 a.m. and the last one will be at 2:30 p.m. Anyone not parked and on a bus by 2:30 p.m. will not be shuttled to the show.

The following roads will be closed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18:

  • Ridge Road between Aeropark Drive and King Graves Road
  • King Graves Road between Ridge Road North and the State Route 11 overpass

Security will be tight at the show and security checks will be conducted in the parking lots before boarding the buses.

Officers will be checking for banned items which include:

  • Firearms of any kind (eg. hand guns, air pistols, rifles, shotguns, automatic or semi-automatic weapons)
  • Ammunition of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind (eg. bows and arrows, crossbows, sling shots, brass knuckles, nun chucks, clubs)
  • Non-lethal weapons of any kind (eg. TASERs or O.C. Pepper Spray)
  • Knives of any kind
  • Incendiary devices of any kind
  • Explosive materials of any kind
  • Roller blades, skate boards, skates, scooters and bicycles
  • Portable frequency scanners
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Backpacks and large handbags (except camera bags, small purses and small diaper bags)
  • Coolers of any kind (except small coolers for infant needs)
  • Cans, bottles or liquids of any kind (except baby bottles)
  • Pets (except certified working dogs for disabled individuals)

Permitted items include:

  • Small purses
  • Cameras
  • Small lawn chairs


Barko said a good rule of thumb is to treat the air show security check much like at the airport, paying attention to approved items and things that are banned.

Thunder Over the Valley runs Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 2:30 p.m. The Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to fly at 3 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. 


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