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Shuttle service cited for 25% drop in attendance at Vectren Dayton Air Show

(Photo submitted of U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performance by Nevin Sandlin via Chime In)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Attendance was down about 25 percent at the 45th annual Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Show organizers said approximately 49,000 people attended this years show and are attributing the slump to new paved parking that required shuttle service to distant lots.

The normal parking lots that have been used for the show in the past were not usable due to heavy rain in the past few weeks. “Patrons tend to avoid shows with shuttling because entry and exit can take longer especially if they arrive close to show time,” organizers stated in a press release Monday.

The weather held out for the show, which featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the headlining act. “We were very pleased with the number of people that attended and the show quality,” said Scott Buchanan, Chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, producers of the event.

Organizers are now getting to work on planning the 2020 show, which will be on June 27th and 28th. The 46th Vectren Dayton Air Show will be headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.