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Things to Know Before Heading to the Great New England Air Show

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – Before you head to the Great New England Air Show this weekend, here is some information you may need to know.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on Chicopee for the air show, which runs Saturday and Sunday at Westover Air Reserve Base.

Traffic in and around the area of Westover is expected to be very heavy, so those attending are urged to get there early.

ABC40 First Warning Meteorologist Dan Brown says that the sun will be out both days, with scattered showers possible both days and temperatures in the high 80′s and low 90′s. The UV index will be high so sunscreen and water is recommended.

Base officials say that some shady spots are available in the base hangar, and under the wings of some large winged stationary aircraft.

Organizers of the event provide the following information, so that all in attendance have a safe and fun-filled weekend:

Opening Time – Gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day, with the show and demonstrations beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Entrance Gates – The following gates will be open for the show (use the addresses for GPS directions):

  • 2255 Westover Road, Chicopee
  • 102 New Ludlow Road, Granby
  • 803 James Street, Chicopee

Weather – The air show will be held rain or shine. Small umbrellas are allowed.

Admission – Admission to the show is free. Re-admission (leaving the show and coming back) is permitted.

Parking – Parking is also free. There are limited spots available for parking of RV’s operated by veterans and members of the military. Reservations for RV parking can be made by calling (413) 557-2192.

  • A shuttle bus will be provided from the on-base parking areas.

Cameras – Cameras and camcorders in small camera bags are allowed. However, it’s recommended that for those using cameras with film NOT load the film until after passing through security.

Pets – Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals.

Food and Beverages – Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed, but they must be in a clear, plastic containers.

Coolers – Coolers are not permitted, except small ones for special needs, including medications or baby formula.

Seating – Small lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but lounge chairs are prohibited. There is no bleacher seating.

Handicap Access – Handicap parking is available. Wheelchairs, canes, and guide/working dogs are allowed.

Children – Attendees are encouraged to bring their children. Diaper bags and strollers are allowed. A special family area will be available.

Security – All carry-in items and attendees are subject to search. Metal wands may be used to scan people entering the base. Vehicles will not be searched unless guards have probable cause for suspicion.

In addition to lounge chairs, pets, and coolers, the following items are prohibited from Westover and the show:

  • No Loose Ice (ice packs are permitted)
  • No Cans
  • No Glass
  • No Alcohol
  • No Weapons of any kind (including pepper spray, knives, or other self-defense items)
  • No Tents
  • No Awnings
  • No Cooking equipment
  • No Roller blades, skateboards, razor scooters, bicycles

Air show organizers are urging attendees to bring on the necessary items only their person and limit the size and amount of carry-in items to the essential needs. You are allowed to exit and re-enter the show as often as you would like.

Additional information, including schedule of events and directions, are available on the air show’s website.

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