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A stunt plane performs for crowd Miller Beach Gary during Gary South Shore Air Show. | File~Sun-Times Media

A stunt plane performs for the crowd at Miller Beach in Gary during the Gary South Shore Air Show. | File~Sun-Times Media

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For more on the July 6 Twilight Show, go to www.southshorecva.com/airshow/twilight/.

Updated: August 6, 2012 6:17AM



The Gary South Shore Air Show’s Twilight Show is taking off in popularity.

This is the third year the event, to be held July 6, is being held along the beach at Marquette Park. The evening performance drew around 12,000 people the first year, almost 45,000 viewers last year, and show organizers expect that to double this year.

“If you could only see one day of the show, I would pick the Friday night,” said Speros Batistatos, president and chief executive officer of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, which puts together the event.

In addition to presumably cooler temperatures, the Twilight Show offers the same amenities as the day performances, including food vendors and a beer garden, and the chance to see all the same acts, though in a different order.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will practice at 3:30 p.m., and the Twilight Show officially begins at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks follow.

Parking for the Twilight Show is available only in the $20 lot across from the beach. Shuttles to remote lots will not run that evening, but a trolley will still pick up residents in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood.

Acts with night elements, such as Elgin Wells’ Starjammer and the Bob Carlton Vertigo Airshows, go after dark, so the audience can appreciate lights and other special effects that aren’t used during the daytime performances.

“We really put some emphasis on guys who do great night shows,” Batistatos said.

The Gary Air Show is one of the few shows that offer a nighttime event.

“It’s not as prevalent as you would think,” Batistatos said, adding the event has a festival feel.

A VIP Party: Beach Bash for Regional Charities offers the chance to meet the Thunderbirds and raise money for Webb House Inc., Indiana Parenting Institute, Challenger Leaning Center and Indiana Ballet Theatre.

Tickets cost $75 and include parking for one vehicle, two drink tickets and light food. They are available through the web page for the Twilight Show.



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