Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will be busy with more than baggage claims and security checks this weekend as the 2015 Shop’n Save Westmoreland County Airshow takes place at the airport near Latrobe.
The show will be held Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. each day and continuing until about 5 p.m.
The airport will be closed for the duration of the show, with airport grounds filled with vendors, activities and spectators.
While people may be able to see some of the flying demonstrations from farther away, a ticket for a front-row seat is much more valuable, said Dwayne Pickels, an administrative assistant at the Westmoreland County Airport Authority.
“When they fly by, you’ll feel it rumbling in your chest,” he said.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be the headliner for the show. Other all-star performers will include Greg Koontz, Matt Chapman, a three-member skydiving team and skywriters. The Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane, “Fat Albert,” will make an appearance toward the end of the show.
Lt. Cmdr. Mark Tedrow, a native of Charleroi, will be flying with the Blue Angels this year, adding some local flavor to the lineup. Cmdr. Tedrow, who joined the Blue Angels in 2011, is the lead solo for the Blue Angels and flies in the No. 5 jet.
Mr. Pickels said a team has been working on this year’s show since last year’s ended, and about 300 volunteers are involved in making the show run smoothly.
Although plans call for the show to go on rain or shine, Mr. Pickels said that extreme weather can cause cancellations. It is not possible to alter the flying schedule due to weather, he said, and the priority is the safety of the performers.
“We’ll do our best to get everybody up and flying,” he said.
In addition to the performers, the show will offer food and drinks and activities for children, Mr. Pickels said. The team has worked to better accommodate families this year, he said, adding a child-changing area and providing earplugs for kids.
Tickets for the show are available at Shop’n Save stores for $16 before the show. Tickets will be available at the gate for $18 or $10 for military personnel. Children age 10 and younger get in free. The gates are set to open at 8 a.m. each day.