Hi all, hope your week is off to a great start! What I'd like to share in this post is pre-planning if you plan on visited EAA Air-Venture possibly next year. As it had been many years since I was there the last time slots changed for the better! So here we go.
To start with, if you are traveling any distance and planning on staying a few days, book early!!!. While there are many Hotel, etc in the area, they book extremely early, how early, well I found most full in the area in early February, so that should give you an idea. And while there is camping on the grounds, spots with water, etc book early as well. Lastly many people rent out homes or room in their homes during the event, and the colleges nearby also rent out dorm rooms. Also if you willing to travel any distance from the event, say 25-45 minutes away you can save yourself some money as well.
Now next, download the APP, you'll find so much useful information such as tickets, airshow times, maps of the grounds(great thing to check out walking in if you want to see certain planes, etc that your not walking needlessly), and features and all other info on the event on a device many carry with us everyday. If you want to save some money on the event, join EAA, even if your not a pilot, there are allot of perks, free access to the EAA museum, reduced event pricing, etc. Plus your helping an organization you enjoy as well.
Plan on walking. Keep in mind the grounds are very large, I easily walked 8-10 miles in a day. While there are seating areas around the grounds as well as most of the food venders, you'll want to bring a foldable chair if you want to sit while watching the airshows.
As this event is in July plan on it being warm, while they'll be a breeze sometimes, they'll be no shade. So wear light covered loose fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and good shoes. Drink lots of water and you should be fine. Lastly, if you have needs suck as scooters, etc, they do offer rentals before you enter the grounds.
Well I hope this helps you if you planning on this event, or other airshows. Prior planning can help make it a more fulfilling event!
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