Rockford AirFest Cancelled
Labor Day Weekend
Show No Longer Planned
IL – The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) announced
today that plans for a re-scheduled Labor Day Weekend Rockford AirFest have not
developed and therefore the event is being cancelled. The cancellation is
primarily due to the impact of the Federal Government Sequestration budget cuts
on Department of Defense and corresponding support of air shows.
March, the Undersecretary of Defense issued a memorandum stating: All aerial
demonstrations, including flyovers, jump team demonstrations, and participation
in civilian air shows and military open houses will cease as of April 1, 2013.
our initial reschedule, the board and staff evaluated the possibility of
putting on a show over Labor Day weekend and the decision was made that without
the military support, a show could not be put on to the standard that our
audience expected,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director at RFD.
board and staff at the airport would like to thank the community, volunteers,
sponsors, and vendors for their continued support in this unfortunate
situation. We are hopeful that the government can come to a resolution that
will allow us to once again highlight the United States Military’s finest at
our airshow in 2014,” said Dunn
individuals seeking ticket refunds, RFD released the following information:
purchased through the Airport or Culver’s will be reimbursed with cash at the
Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) Administration Office (60 Airport
Drive). All tickets must be presented for refund by October 1, 2013 to receive
purchased at Culver’s, the Airport Main Terminal, or GRAA Administration Office
can be returned for refund to the RFD Main Terminal at a special time Friday,
June 14, 2013 from 5p.m. – 8 p.m. After Friday, tickets can be refunded at the
GRAA Administration Office Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For
questions, please call 815-969-4000.
purchased through BMO Harris Bank outlets will be refunded at the point of purchase.
tickets purchased through Ticketmaster online should have been refunded via
chargeback to the credit or debit card used in the original transaction. Please
contact Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000 for any questions about transactions made
with Ticketmaster online or via phone.