ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Advance-ticket sales continue to be strong for Rockford AirFest 2011, which is June 4 and 5 at Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD).
Ticket buyers have taken advantage of deeply discounted prices through March, General Admission tickets were half of the gate price. Already, 6,500 tickets have been sold, a 50 percent increase from two months before last year's show.
"We're thrilled that community excitement for AirFest 2011 is so high, and we know the excitement will only increase as we approach the show," said Franz Olson, RFD?s acting Airport Director. "AirFest continues to be the premier family-friendly event for the entire region, and this will be our best one yet. We continue to work hard to put on a unique show."
But it's not too late to get discounts. Adult General Admission ticket prices are $10, still less than the $15 gate price. Tickets for youth ages 5 to 12 are now $5 up through the show. Children ages 4 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased at FlyRFD.com, at the airport terminal (M-F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and at participating area Culver's. Convenience fees apply for purchases at RFD or online.
There are discounts on other AirFest ticket packages. Prices and information are available at FlyRFD.com.
Airport officials said the recent transition in airport leadership has not affected plans for AirFest.
"We are working closely with our great airport staff to make this show another success. This year, it is especially our honor to host the Blue Angels and the Leap Frogs on the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation," said Darrin Golden, a member of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority board of commissioners and board liaison to AirFest. "We look forward to and appreciate the great community support this event gets every year."
The show will include 15 military and civilian performers, such as the headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute teams, aerobatic thrillers like Sean D. Tucker and Matt Chapman Airshows and Rich's Incredible Pyro. The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon has also just been announced.
AirFest 2011 is also expected to feature more than 40 static aircraft on display, children's activities, concessions and other fun things to see and do.
AirFest 2010 drew about 90,000 people, and RFD expects at least as many to come to this year's event.
"We're proud to offer this quality event at the same price every year, and with unbeatable advance discounts," said Phill Rubin, a member of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority board of commissioners and board liaison to AirFest. "We want to see as many people out there as possible."