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Welcome to Rockford AirFest 2014!

Please notice we have changed the ticketing structure of AirFest. Guest will now pay by the car load for access into the show. No gate admission this year!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is Rockford AirFest 2014? Rockford AirFest 2014 is scheduled for June 7 - 8, 2014 at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.

What is the schedule for Rockford AirFest 2014?

The TENTATIVE schedule for Rockford AirFest is as follows:

Gates Open                        9:00 AM

Air Performances              11:00AM

Gates Close                        5:00PM

Where can I purchase tickets? You can purchase tickets at participating area Culver's and www.RockfordAirFest.com.  Advanced parking tickets are $20 per car load and $30 at the gate.

I'm a vendor interested in displaying at Rockford AirFest 2014. Who can I contact for more information?

- Merchandise Vendors Contact Mike.Tuley@airshowmerchandise.com

- Concession Vendors Contact Mary at RockfordFood@gmail.com

- All other inquires Contact Leticia at lcamarillo@flyrfd.com

Can I bring my RV? Yes; however, all RVs will be required to park at the RV Park. Please contact Craig at ccicero@flyrfd.com for information.

I would like to be a volunteer at AirFest this year. Where can I sign-up? Please contact Rita at airfestvolunteers@flyrfd.com.

Can I bring beer, soda, or food into the AirFest grounds? No. Food or drinks are not allowed into the AirFest grounds. Parents of small children will be allowed to bring in water for formula and special food for small children with allergies. In the event that there is excessive heat please check back to our website for additional information.

Can I bring coolers into the AirFest grounds? No. Coolers are not permitted on AirFest grounds.

Is smoking allowed? For safety reasons, smoking will only be permitted in a new designated smoking location on the west end of the AirFest ground.

Are cameras allowed? Yes. We encourage you to bring your camera. Some of the best photos submitted to us last year were taken by “non- professionals” attending our air show.  

Can I bring folding chairs? Yes. You may bring your folding chair and other “chairs in a bag” or purchase a seat in our preferred seating area during the show.

Will an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) be available? There will be ATM's available in the Air Show near the entrance and other areas on the show ground.

I am Handicapped. Where will I park?  You will enter at the same entrance as all general parking. From there you will be directed to our ADA parking lot. Cars must have appropriate ADA/Handicapped sticker, license plate, or hanger to park in ADA Lot.

In the past you had a special tent that I could pay to get into that had food and a great view of the show. Do you still have that area? Yes we do. It is the Aviators club. It is a great place to take your entire family. You will have a great view of the show with catered food and beverages. We also have another tent called the Captains club. This is a 21 and over area that serves alcoholic beverages along with a great view and catered food. Make sure you look for it on our ticket website. It is limited so make sure you get in early as it sells out and is not available day of show.

Can I bring my pet? No, only service animals are allowed on show grounds. There are too many things going on and too great of a danger to your pet to bring them along.

Will seating be provided? Airshow attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A Preferred Seating Area will also be set up on the flight line; entrance into this area will be $7 per person in advance & $10 day of show.  Patrons may bring their own chairs. Chairs will also be available for those without one at no extra charge in the preferred seating area. However, the Preferred Seating Area is first-come, first-served.

Can I get autographs from the performers?  Yes, there is a special Autograph Tent located near the show stage.  The performers will be available for autographs about 15 minutes after their performance each day. 

Do you sell Programs so I can read about each performer and static display aircraft? Sorry, not this year.

Will there be entertainment for the kids? Yes. A Kids' Fun Area will be set up with various inflatable rides to provide entertainment for kids. This area is located in our Lawn Area at the West end of the show grounds.

Can my kids bring their bike or skateboard? No. Bicycles and skateboards will not be allowed on AirFest Grounds. Wagons and strollers are allowed.

Can I fly my own airplane in to the AirFest? Yes. Pilots are invited to fly-in to attend AirFest. Pilots are advised to check with Flight Service to make sure that they are not interfering with Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) -  a TFR may be in place Wednesday through Sunday of the show so please call ahead. The onsite FBO is Emery Air Inc. 815-968-8287. The fly in admission fee is $20 in advance & $30 at the gate. Your ticket will also allow a vehicle into the show if you are unable to fly in.

Is each ticket good for one day? Each ticket is good for any ONE day of entry into the AirFest. You can purchase an advanced parking ticket now and decide later which day you would like to attend.

What are the entry restrictions? Patrons’ bags will be searched upon entering the ticket gates. Please be aware that similar to an airport terminal, please do not leave your bags unattended.

What happens if it rains or I am unable to attend after I purchase a ticket? Our policy is that no refunds will be issued. Your ticket purchased is good for any one day of the show. If weather is not good Saturday, you can attend on Sunday.

Should I bring hearing protection? Yes. We would encourage you to bring ear protection. There are ear plugs available on the grounds, and if you can’t find a location for them, please contact a volunteer in a light blue shirt.

Is tailgating allowed? No. Tailgating is not allowed in the parking lots. The RV Park is available for tailgating if purchasing an RV Lot Pass. Contact Craig at ccicero@flyrfd.com

Do I need an ID? If you are planning on purchasing alcohol, wristbands will be given to those adults presenting proper identification.

Is there First Aid? AirFest will have a First Aid and Cooling Tent located near the entrance. If there are any issues on the ramp, please contact a volunteer in a light blue shirt for assistance. 

Are there any discounts for military? Military with proper identification as current or former military of the United States will receive free entry into our preferred seating.

 

 

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