ROCKFORD, Illinois — Organizers of the Rockford AirFest have cancelled the event for this year, citing an inability to attract the U.S. military's acrobatic jet teams.
Chicago Rockford International Airport executive director Mike Dunn said Monday scheduling problems with the U.S. Department of Defense forced the hiatus.
Both the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are booked the weekend of June 18-19, when the Rockford show was scheduled. The Blue Angels headlined the 2015 show. The Thunderbirds are booked to appear at Rockford AirFest 2017.
Dunn told the Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/1nB5ilx ) the event drew approximately 130,000 people last year. And Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO John Groh says officials at the airport did everything they could to try to find a date that worked.
Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com