Rockford AirFest triumphantly returns June 7-8!

Staff Report

The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has announced “Rockford AirFest 2014: Let the Thunder Roll,” featuring the USAF Thunderbird Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights, will be held June 7-8. AirFest activities include static aircraft displays, family-friendly activities, concessions, an RV park and special attractions to be announced in the upcoming months.

Grounded last year because of the government sequestration, the last AirFest was held in 2012 and drew 100,000 people for the two-day event, generating more than $3 million in the region.

Following the record attendance of 2012, RFD has introduced a new and simplified carload admission fee designed to significantly reduce gate entrance wait times. A $20 advanced ticket sale/$30 on-site ticket fee per carload offers an efficient, economical and fun way to experience AirFest. A carload includes each person legally seated with a seat belt. Riding solo? Grab a friend and share the unique AirFest experience.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at or at any participating area Culver’s Restaurant. All online ticket sales, including VIP packages, preferred seating, fly-in admission and one-day or weekend RV park passes, will be sold at a 20 percent discount through Friday, Feb. 21, using special access code: THUNDER. VIP packages consist of the popular 21 and older Captain’s Club and family-friendly Aviator’s Club, which feature front-row seating and concessions. Active and retired military with proper ID will receive complimentary preferred seating with their carload admission fee. Additional ticket and package information may be found at

RFD is honored to host Rockford AirFest, one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer,” said RFD Executive Director Mike Dunn. “Over the past several months, we have explored new ideas to keep attendees engaged, enhance the AirFest experience, and are excited to bring an energized and refreshed show to the region this summer.”

For more about AirFest, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities and the latest updates on performers and promotions, visit, follow us on Facebook at FlyRFD or Twitter at @rockfordairfest.

RFD is served by two airlines: Allegiant and Apple Vacations. RFD serves eight non-stop destinations including Cancun, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana and Tampa Bay. RFD was named the 2013 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. For more about RFD and flight schedules, visit

From the Feb. 19-25, 2014, issue

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