Air show funding at 80 percent

VIENNA – The Thunder Over the Valley airshow is less than a month away, and about 80 percent funded, according to show organizers.

The May 17 and 18 show staring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds is expected to cost $285,000 while remaining free to the public.

Holly Baker of the Youngstown Air Base Community Council said the council has received about $40,000 worth of in-kind donations.

“It is coming in every day. We got two more thousand-dollar donations today,” Baker said.

About a quarter of the cost is being paid for by the government, far less than the three- quarters covered during the most recent 2009 airshow. Several area organizations purchased $2,500 tents at the show and Baker said locals have also been pitching in their own money.

“The community really came through,” she said. “It’s been great.”

Programs, water and the like will be available for purchase at the event to help off set costs. Parking will be run by the Community Busing Service from satellite lots. Baker said more parking information will be available closer to the show dates. Show organizers continue to release new information on