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    Best 2 Days to go to AirVenture

    Good afternoon,
    I will be travelling from out of town to AirVenture 2019 and if I had ONLY 2 days (consecutively) to spend at AirVenture, which 2 days would that be? Mon & Tues? Wed & Thurs? Or the weekend? Any thoughts/advice?
    Thanks!

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    My vote would be Wed/Thur. See the night airshow. Otherwise.....................all of them.

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    Especially if weather becomes a concern, many pilots start bugging out Friday and Saturday, Come Sunday things are definitely winding down.

    Tuesday-Thursday is a prime time IMHO. Highest number of planes on the ground and the joint is hoppin' - lol

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    Yesterday and the day before yesterday.

    You know, when you tell people what fun you're having at Airventure, they always say, "Hey, you should have been here yesterday....." :-)

    Ron "Ice cream yesterday, ice cream tomorrow, never ice cream today" Wanttaja

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    I'd agree with previous recommendations that you attend on Tue/Wed or Wed/Thu.... and make plans to attend for the whole week for your following visit.

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    Tuesday/Wednesday. Things start to thin out after mid week. If there is a big draw like the Blue Angels on Friday or Saturday then the locals mob the place and traffic is awful. If you are in the buying mode the end of the week is your best bet as the vendors are more willing to wheel and deal because they don’t want to ship their stock back.
    Two days is not enough to see everything. Have a plan as to what you want to see: Vintage, Warbirds, ULs, Experimental, Vendors, Museum, Seaplane Base, etc.
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    my vote is "both of them!"

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    The Sunday before opening is fun to watch arrivals. Get two days for the one day price, I think. (Sunday and Monday)
    Best to check the schedule for events of interest, which is usually up in June.
    Last edited by Bill Berson; 01-24-2019 at 07:59 PM.

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    Monday and Tuesday. Otherwise, you won’t know what you missed at the beginning. But you will hear about what you missed later, which will be a lot.

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    To the OP, if this will be your first visit? A couple quick tips. The event space is MUCH-MUCH larger than you think - wear mighty comfy walking shoes, a good hat, sunscreen galore, carry a small water bottle and bring raingear. It usually does rain at least one day, though not every year.

    I'm a tram conductor and they are a great way to get from one area of interest to the next, but if you only ride the trams you will miss 90% of what is available to see. The EAA website will have maps available to study and plan..... the best kept secret of the maps? North is left...… North usually is at the top of maps, but not here since this event is held along the land west of the north/south runway.
    Last edited by CHICAGORANDY; 01-25-2019 at 06:26 AM.

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