Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wings Over North Georgia returns in October with concert, fireworks, Thunderbirds -Kathryn's Report

The Wings Over North Georgia air show will roar into town for the fifth year this October and advance tickets are available now.

The show will be Oct. 29-30 at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. Tickets are available on the air show’s website, with prices starting at $25 for general admission. The advanced tickets are discounted now, with several package deals available.

“We will start selling general admission tickets in August at the airport,” said show director John Cowman. “But it is a good time to buy now online. The box seating sells out pretty quickly.”

The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as well as multiple aerobatic aviation performers.

The Saturday show — on Oct. 29 — will also feature a concert and fireworks show. Country star Travis Tritt is the show’s headliner, performing right before the fireworks start.

Camping options are available, Cowman said, including a new premium option.

Because of lack of sponsors, the Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic Competition was canceled, so organizers decided to put the space usually reserved for the competition to good use.

The site will be used to house premium infield camping for RVs with power, sewer and water hookups, Cowman said. An added benefit is that campers may arrive as early as the Thursday before the show begins to watch the aviation teams arrive.

Camping is also available for tents in other areas. Camping reservations may be made on the show’s website as well.

The show regularly brings in between 75,000 to 100,000 people, Cowman said.

The event draws large crowds, partly because of a good location, he added.

“It is in the perfect ABC triangle — Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga — and it has a minimum of air traffic that you can run into in larger metro areas,” he said.

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