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Peoria Air Show to salute America's heroes.

Tickets now on sale; event organizers expect crowds in excess of 50,000: By: Omar Sofradzija

PEORIA - Tickets for Greater Peoria's first air show in 13 years went on sale this week, as the line-up of events for the Prairie Air Show continued to come together for the Mother's Day weekend event.

The show, nicknamed "Red, White & Blues: A Salute to Heroes" and planned for May 11 and 12 at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport, is moving from its longtime Bloomington-Normal home this year.

The show, which is expected to draw in excess of 50,000 visitors and is organized by the Prairie Aviation Museum in Bloomington, will be highlighted by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels jet aerobatics team.

The event will run from noon to 6 p.m. daily, with gates opening at 9 a.m.

Ticket sales began Monday. Single-day tickets will cost adults $10 at the gate and $8 in advance. Children ages 6 to 12 will be charged $7 at the gate or $5 in advance. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Prime seating, known as the "flight deck," is available for $35 per person per day. There is limited availability of these seats.

In Peoria, tickets can be purchased at Cub Foods, Sullivan's and Schnucks supermarkets; in Pekin at the Country Market Store; in Morton and Washington at Sullivan's; and in Pontiac at County Market.

In Bloomington-Normal, ticket-selling locations include the Prairie Aviation Museum, Airport Gifts and Baskets, Chuck's Harley-Davidson, Cub Foods, Last Chance Newsstand, and Ron Smith Printing.

Display planes include a restored 1930's-vintage DC-3 airlines in Ozark Air Lines colors; a FedEx Boeing 727 jet freighter, a Blackhawk assault helicopter and F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter jets, among other aircraft.

Other events include flight simulators, slides, a laser tag area and a rock-climbing tower.

Event and ticket information is available online at