Frequently Asked Questions

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What tickets are available?  How do I get tickets?

Admission for the event is $10/person/day at the gate.  Children ages 4 to 10 are $5/day, and children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Wristbands will be issued to all persons entering the gate. Cash and credit cards are accepted.  The same admission is charged each day, with new wristbands issued.

Several performers or static display aircraft may charge additional funds for aircraft tours or merchandise.  They will also accept cash or credit cards.

Are there seating options?

There is no charge for seating.  Chairs and bleachers will be located near the airshow viewing line. Depending on the number of spectators at each event, these bleachers and seats may be full.  Therefore, the public is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

 

The following items are NOT allowed:

  • Backpacks or other large bags

  • Coolers

  • Alcohol

  • Cans

  • Glass containers

  • Pets

  • Weapons

  • Illegal drugs

  • Flammable liquids and explosive materials

  • Laser pointers

  • Bicycles

  • Roller blades or skates

  • Scooters, except for motorized scooters for the handicapped

  • Skateboards

  • Outside food or beverages

  • Canopies, tents, or large umbrellas

  • Drones

 

What am I allowed to bring?

The following items are allowed:

  • Strollers or wagons

  • Wheelchairs and motorized scooters (Note: There is no place to plug in and recharge)

  • Small coolers for medical purposes or baby items

  • Small, personal umbrellas.

  • Cameras

  • Small bags, such as a purse or diaper bag

  • Folding or camping chairs

  • Blanket to sit on

 

ALL BAGS AND ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH AT ANY TIME.

 

What should I bring?

Portable chairs, strollers, cameras, sunscreen, ear plugs, and blankets are items air show veterans tend to pack.

 

Hearing protection is highly encouraged for all Air Show spectators, especially young children.  Ear plugs will be available for purchase at the event for $1.

 

When do the gates open each day?

Friday, Sept. 17: Gates Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18: Gates open 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m..

Sunday, Sept. 19:  Gates open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

 

When do the airshows begin and end?

The scheduled airshow times are:

            Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

            Saturday 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

            Saturday night 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

            Sunday 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

 

Are the 4 airshows the same all 3 days?

The Friday airshow is a rehearsal show from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday daytime shows are expected to be the same both days. The Saturday night show will not include all of the scheduled performers.  There may be some variations depending on special aircraft, which may make only a one-day-fly-by appearance. Schedules and acts are subject to change without notice. Aircraft appearing are subject to change due to many reasons beyond our control, including but not limited to, maintenance, weather, or other circumstances.

 

Where is the air show?

Great Bend Municipal Airport

9047 – 6th Street

Great Bend, KS 67530

 

Are children free?

Children ages 4 to 10 and are $5.  Children ages 3 and under are free.

 

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are NOT allowed onto the air show area and should NOT be left in vehicles. Because of the festival setting with food and beverage vendors, the Health Department prohibits animals, other than legally allowed service animals. Please also understand that temperatures on the tarmac area can easily reach over 100 degrees and will burn your pets feet. The loud noises of the planes and pyrotechnics can injure their sensitive hearing and/or frighten your animal. Please leave your pet(s) at home where they are safe.

 

Is parking free?  What about handicapped parking?

General parking, including handicapped parking, is free. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. If you need handicapped parking, please have your state-issued tag or placard in the car to be sure the parking attendants direct you to the appropriate areas. Please arrive early to ensure a parking spot.

Air shows are large events, so please be aware that traffic may be heavy getting in and out from the show parking areas.  Airshow parking has been expanded onsite.

Please follow signs and volunteers as you enter the air show. Traffic may be routed certain ways to accommodate the large volume of air show visitors and/or due to road closures.

Parking will be monitored by law enforcement agencies.

There will be a dedicated parking area for motorcycles.

There will be a dedicated parking area for RV’s – however, no hook-ups are available.

 

Is there a Park and Ride option for the event?

A FREE park & ride option is available on Saturday & Sunday, courtesy of Sunflower Diversified Services. A continuous shuttle service will be running on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday for the duration of the show to and from the airshow entrance and the Fuller Brush employee parking lot (15 SW 40 Ave, Great Bend, KS 67530).

 

What if it rains?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds, regardless of weather unless the gates do not open as scheduled. The show is rain or shine, and performers can adjust their flying to various weather conditions.

 

Will there be shade?

Air shows are held under an open sky. Please bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You may also bring a small personal umbrella. No large umbrellas, tents, or canopies allowed.

 

Can I fly in?

Fly-ins are welcome, but must adhere to NOTAMS, TFR’s and airfield closures, with limited windows for arrival and departure.  You will be directed to parking by special event marshalling vehicles. Fly-ins will be parked at a good distance from the airshow crowd and performers, and shuttle/golf cart transportation can assist.  PLEASE NOTE THAT FLY-INS WILL BE CHARGED A $10 ADMISSION FEE PER PERSON.

 

Is Smoking Permitted?

Smoking is only permitted in certain designated areas inside the entrance gate.  Limited areas are available outside of the entrance gate.

 

Will outside food and drinks be allowed?

No.  No outside food or beverages are permitted on the flight line except baby bottles(non-glass) and small snack items for young children.  We have a variety of food and beverage vendors available for purchase at the airshow.