The Vectren Dayton Air Show is ready for take off this weekend, and so is the local economy.
Every year, the sights and sounds of the show bring thousands of people to Vandalia. It’s something that organizers spend the year planning for, and all of that planning pays off.
“The estimated economic impact is about $3.2 million a year,” says Scott Buchanan, the Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Air and Trade Show.
Last year around 75,000 people turned out to keep their eyes to the skies and pump some money into the local economy.
“A lot of the restaurants, hotels, a lot of the businesses pick up over the weekend,” says Buchanan.
This year, some familiar favorites and headliners are making a return – like the Blue Angels – as well as some new attractions.
“This is the only air show Orbis is doing this year. And this is Samaritan Purse’s very first air show, so it’s pretty exciting for us and them to have them here on the ground,” says Buchanan.
It’s something officials are hoping will draw even more spectators and hopefully more dollar signs.
Organizers have advice for anyone going this year.
“Get out early, Enjoy the grounds. And enjoy the show. Don’ wait until the last minute to come out and hope for weather like today,” says Buchanan.