(WKEF) —After a year of closure due to COVID-19, the Vandalia’s Air Show parade is set to make a return July 9, 2021.
Many local businesses are looking forward to the return of the parade, as the global pandemic and cancellation of last year’s festivities created financial hardship for owners.
Preparations begin at 3 p.m. and the parade begins at 7 p.m.
Band director Daniel Brinker said the marching Aviators haven't performed for a public audience since 2019.
"I'm just excited to show them out in the community," said Brinker.
The parade will be the first public performance for 29 band members at Butler high school.
Will Roberts, President and CEO of the Vandalia Butler Chamber of Commerce said the event impacts people on a regional level.
“It is a big boost to everything they have going on—whether it’s a financial boost or whether it’s just a recognition boost because it draws attention to all the great things that happen here in Vandalia," said Roberts.
Organizers said the route begins at St. Christopher’s parking lot (on U.S. 40 near I-75). It will travel west to the historic Crossroads of America and then travel north on North Dixie. The parade will finish at the Delphi plant on Northwoods Blvd.