Officials at the Chicago Rockford International Airport say Rockford AirFest, scheduled for June 1-2, 2013, will be postponed. The show’s headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels recently updated air show partners that the team is halting practice until further notice due to federal budget cuts.
According to a news release, airport officials will re-evaluate other options and are planning to move the show to Labor Day weekend and focus on securing displays and performances of warbird and civilian aircraft.
“The situation with the Blue Angels and other military participation is out of our control and are a result of decisions 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 Mike Dunn.
The Blue Angels are required to meet a certain amount of demonstration practice hours prior to performing at any airshow.
Patrons who purchased AirFest tickets online will have their accounts automatically credited. If tickets were purchased at an outlet, individuals will need to return to that location with their tickets to receive a refund. Tickets purchased at area Culver’s will need to be brought to the RFD administration office, 60 Airport Drive, for refunds. Special arrangements have been made for tickets refunds at the RFD Main Terminal from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on April 5 – 7 only.