ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- After being gone for a year, Rockford AirFest is back and many people showed their support by the car load.
Thousands of aviation fans packed the grounds of the Chicago Rockford International Airport to watch pilots from around the world fly through the sky.
AirFest was cancelled last summer due to the government sequester.
This weekend, organizers expect the attendance to reach upwards of 120,000 spectators, which they believe is a sign that AirFest is here to stay.
"I think our community was looking for a large event that they missed a year ago," said RFD Deputy Director Amy Ott. "What I'm seeing already at 11:15 in the morning shows that there was an interest for people to come back to this show."
AirFest continues Sunday as festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. and will wrap up at five p.m.