One of Rockford's signature summer events has been postponed.
Instead of the Rockford AirFest scheduled for June 1st and 2nd, an alternative air show will be held Labor Day weekend.
The Chicago Rockford International Airport announced that the show's headliners, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have canceled demonstration practice until further notice, so in response, RFD decided to hold the show at a later date to better secure aircraft performances and displays.
"The situation with the Blue Angels and other military participation is out of our control (and) are a result of decision made in Washington, D.C. While we are disappointed to have to postpone AirFest, we are optimistic that we'll put on a quality airshow later this year," RFD Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs Mike Dunn said.
Because the Blue Angels need a certain amount of practice hours before any demonstration, the cancellation of practice had put the shows original dates in jeopardy.
RFD is planning to reach out to the local community for more civilian displays and demonstrations for the Labor Day show.
The annual festival has been in danger due to federal sequestration cuts that can affect any military operations that are not essential, including appearances by groups like the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds at air shows.
For those who have already purchased their tickets to AirFest online, their accounts will be credited automatically. If you purchased your tickets at an area Culver's, you'll have to bring them in to the RFD administration office (60 Airport Drive) for a refund. Special arrangements for refunds have also been made for April 5th through April 7th from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the RFD Main Terminal.
Tune in to 13 News at 5 for more information on the event's postponement and the reasons behind it.
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