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Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:04 AM
VANDALIA — This year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show attracted an estimated 62,000 spectators — an improvement over last year’s show — and generated an estimated $3.2 million in local revenue, organizers said.
Good weather and the Navy’s Blue Angels attracted crowds to the show, said Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director.
“The show went off without a hitch,” Doctor said, noting there were only two spectators removed for medical reasons.
Doctor said he anticipated the attendance number to increase as the total number of tickets is calculated.
PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show
An estimated 44,000 people attended the show in 2017, a decline from 2016’s attendance of about 51,000. Organizers blamed low attendance at last year’s air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act due to a crash and record rainfall that caused parking delays.
Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for the air show and organizers bank on their appearance to bring tens of thousands to the grounds at James M. Cox Dayton International Airport. The show can draw as many as 65,000 or more spectators when the teams fly, officials say.
“The Blue Angels delighted the crowd,” Doctor said. The show has seen varied attendance throughout the years. In 2003, more than 110,000 people attended a four-day exhibition celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. By contrast, fewer than 25,000 people attended the show in 2013 when a fatal crash occurred on Saturday and no jet team performed.
The weather, which Doctor said was the best the air show had experienced in several years, also played a factor in attendance. However, Doctor said some attendees may have held off going on Saturday morning when it was cloudy and there was a chance for rain.
Doctor said there was one small car crash near the show, but credited the police departments that assisted with traffic for a mostly safe traffic situation in 2018. He said the parking lots cleared just an hour after the show.
“I did not receive a single negative comment,” he said.
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Scott Buchanan, United States Air and Trade Show chairman, said he met people who have traveled to Dayton several times to watch the air show, and was told by attendees that they enjoy the Dayton area hospitality.
“They like to come here,” Buchanan said.
Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived Friday night to meet with family members from Columbus.
“It’s more just about being together with family,” Sandy Porter said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Doctor said commercial airlines were largely unaffected by the show, since one runway is generally kept open to commercial traffic.
Looking ahead, Doctor said the Blue Angels could possible return in 2020, and the Thunderbirds are already booked for 2019.
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Staff Writer Barrie Barber contributed reporting.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM
TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible.
“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.
TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.
THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:38 AM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m: Fire crews battled flames from a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital has officially closed
The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.
According to our crew, there is apparent damage to the structure that also exposed to a nearby home, causing damage to that structure as well.
We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available.
We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.
Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.
Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.