Cleanup underway after Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival draws thousands

Cleanup underway after Cape Air Festival

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The last day of the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival was Sunday, May 19 at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

With more than 15,000 people in attendance and more than 50,000 gallons of fuel used, many of those who attended would agree it was well worth it.

Most of the pilots and performers have departed Cape Girardeau as of Monday morning, May 20.

On the ground, crews began the multi-day breaking down and cleaning up of the fields.

Cape Girardeau Airport Manager Bruce Loy said the whole weekend was a huge success and they hope to make improvements for the next event.

According to festival organizers, the gates opened an hour late, at 10 a.m., due to weather.

They said on-site parking was for motorcycles and handicapped parking only. There was no VIP parking on-site due to wet fields.

Saturday’s show

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Traffic was an issue on Saturday. It moved slowly on I-55 south of Cape Girardeau all the way to the airport as people traveled to the show.

Traffic slow on I-55 south of Cape Girardeau as people travel to air show

Organizers issued an apology on Saturday for traffic delays. They said they would honor Saturday’s tickets on Sunday if you were not able to use them.

“Our sincerest apologies to those who were unable to attend the Air Festival today or experienced traffic delays, limiting the time you could spend with us. If you did not use your tickets for entry on Saturday they will be honored on Sunday. We are currently discussing additional options.”
Cape Girardeau Air Festival

Air Show events

The event kicked off on Friday, May 17 with Tunes at Twilight - An Evening with the Blue Angels.

Blue Angels at Tunes at Twilight in downtown Cape Girardeau

For the first time since a flight demonstration in 2010, the Navy’s elite Blue Angels took to the skies to put on a show.

The U.S. Golden Knights, Shockwave, Joe “Rifle” Shetterly, Skip Stewart Airshows, Angel 9 TransAm and Dream Photo were also in attendance.


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