What to expect at the South Shore Air Show

2012-07-06T12:00:00Z 2012-07-06T12:34:25Z What to expect at the South Shore Air ShowBy Paul Dailing Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 06, 2012 12:00 pm  • 

If you attend the South Shore Air Show this weekend in Gary's Marquette Park, here is everything you need to know.

Where is the air show?

Because of construction for a $28.2 million renovation of Marquette Park, everything has moved to the parking lot east of the Aquatorium.

How can I get there?

Parking is available for $20 at the paid lot by the beach. Tickets are available at the gate or online at www.southshorecva.com/airshow. Tailgating is not allowed.

The city is running shuttles to the air show from the old Kmart at 8120 Melton Road and Screaming Wheels at 6021 Melton Road. Shuttle service is $10.

Majestic Star Hotel and Casino is running a free shuttle from its lots to the air show.

Who's performing?

Performers include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Elgin Wells' Starjammer, Bob Carlton Vertigo Airshows, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker, and stunt pilots and teams including Lucas Oil Pitts, Lima Lima, Aerostar, the Firebirds, Dave Dacy and Wingwalker Tony Kazian, Matt Chapman and Bill Stein.

When will the performers go up?

Friday's Twilight Show will start at 5:30 p.m. and close with fireworks about 10 p.m. The Thunderbirds will not perform at the show, but people can watch their practice starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The air show will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Aside from the Thunderbirds, who will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, none of the performers have set times to put on their shows.

“Weather, winds and that sort of stuff determines who goes up when,” said Nicki Mackowski, director of public and community relations for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

What other events are there?

Visitors on Friday night can buy $75 tickets for the Beach Bash for Regional Charities. This covers parking for one car, two drink tickets, light food and a chance to meet the Thunderbirds. When you buy tickets, you can choose whether your donation goes to Webb House Inc., the Indiana Parenting Institute or the Challenger Learning Center.

Also, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team will present flags to area residents who have lost loved ones in military service since 2001.

A total of 18 local restaurants will run food tents.

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