Rockford AirFest

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Officials at the airport in Rockford say they're suspending the annual AirFest air show due to recent expansion at the facility.

Chicago Rockford International Airport Director Mike Dunn says several of the new businesses at the airport have non-stop operations. He says that makes it ``very challenging to close the airport for four days.''

More than 75,000 people have come to AirFest in previous years to see headliners like the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

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Visitors to Winnebago County spent more than $319 million dollars last year at hotels, restaurants and other local businesses. According to a news release from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, that's down slightly from 2012.

Tourism officials say there were 6.7 million visitors in the region during 2013, up slightly from the year before.

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Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.