Warbirds over Monroe changes date

Aug. 27, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show will be held Nov. 9 and 10 this year, instead of the originally scheduled Nov. 2 and 3.

A staff report said it will allow the event to be held closer to Veteran's Day and avoid other conflicts. 

Monroe Spokesperson Pete Hovanec said there is going to be some runway construction at the airport that will be starting very shortly. The organizers wanted to guarantee that they would have enough time so the construction would not disrupt the show.

There will be two construction projects going on at the airport, one on a ramp and one on the runway. Hovanec said that, weather permitting, hopefully everything will be done by Nov. 9. If not, they will have to rearrange some things, but the show will go on, he said. 

Hovanec said the event has always been a veterans event and having it closer to Veteran's Day is a good tie-in. He said they are working with the Union County Department of Veterans Services to figure out different ways to honor veterans during the show and before the show. 

Though it is always billed as the first weekend in November, they had to take a chance and move the date, Hovanec said. They are advertising and announcing the change through social media and other venues. 

Hovanec and others are looking forward to this year's air show.

"(The) air show's going to be great this year," Hovanec said. "We've kind of revamped it a little bit."

Traditionally, the show has been focused on having cool and exotic planes, he said. This year they will still have that, but they are adding more entertainment acts. 

This year they have another wing-walker, a group that does a comedy flying routine and other entertainment acts. 

"Everybody loves to come and see the cool old planes, but a lot of people have seen the cool, old planes so now we want to bring in an entertainment," Hovanec said. "(It will) bring in an added element to the show."

"It should be a lot more fun, a lot more entertaining for people who aren't just die-hard airplane fanatics," Hovanec said. 

Early ticket sales, a list of acts and more information can be found online at www.warbirdsovermonroe.com.