AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A well-loved summertime tradition is returning to northeastern Pennsylvania.
For the first time in 17 years, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is planning to hold an air show once again this summer.
Earlier this week, Eyewitness News told you about plans for the air show’s return on the weekend of August 12&13.
“It means family fun. It means memories,” Lackawanna County commissioner Pat O’Malley said.
Even though word slipped out earlier this week, the official announcement that the Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show is returning this August still brought a lot of excitement Thursday.
“We want our people to have something to go to, be proud of and be part of,” Airport board chairman Tim McGinley said.
The annual air show was a popular event, bringing out thousands of families between 1983 and 2000, when it ended because of construction at the airport.
“You would see people that were in the service and were on those planes and got an opportunity to tour them again. It was just a great thing for them,” Lackawanna County commissioner Jerry Notarianni said.
This year, some of the headliners will be the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and others.
Airport officials say they’ve been thinking about bringing back the air show since 2013 but it is expensive and challenging.
They expect this year’s event to cost $375,000 total.
“Our goal is to simply break even and that’s why we’re trying to keep the cost very reasonable. That’s why we’re working with sponsors,” airport director Carl Beardsley said.
For many in the region, the air show is nostalgic.
People like Denise Vauter of Wayne County remember coming to Avoca when she was younger.
“I’m very excited about them coming back. It’s good for our area to have something for people, young families to do, and get young people interested in aviation,” Vauter said.
Tickets for the air show will go on sale next Friday (March 31st).
If you buy them early with a coupon, there will be discounted price of $18 for adults and $13 for kids over the age of five.
On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for kids.
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