Updated: August 6, 2012 6:18AM
Have questions about the Gary South Shore Air Show?
The event’s website, http://www.southshorecva.com/airshow, offers answers. Here’s a sampling of frequently asked questions:
Q. Is the Air Show handicap accessible?
A. A designated handicap viewing area is just west of the show’s center. Parking for people with disabilities is available at Marquette Park for $20. An accessible shuttle also runs from the Majestic Star Casino parking lot.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. There is limited space on the parking shuttles to the air show. Those riding the shuttle should bring only what they can fit in their lap. Suggested items include sunscreen, a small collapsible beach chair and a beach towel. All carry-in items and people are subject to search.
Q. What should I not bring with me?
A. The following items may not be brought to the Air Show grounds: alcoholic beverages, coolers, food, cans, glass, pets, weapons and tents. Formula bottles for young infants will be allowed.
Q. Can I bring my pet?
A. Pets are not allowed on Air Show grounds. Seeing-eye dogs are permitted.
Q. What happens when it rains?
A. The show goes on rain or shine.
Q. What time should I arrive?
A. The park opens at 2 p.m. Friday and the Thunderbirds begin practice about 3:30 p.m. The shuttle buses start running from the parking lots at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, which also is when the park opens. The Air Show begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 4 p.m.
Q. What time does Marquette Park close after the Air Show?
A. The Air Show ends at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Air Show grounds close at 5 p.m. The last shuttle to the parking lots leaves at 5 p.m.
Q. Can I watch the Air Show from my boat?
A. Since Gary’s South Shore Air Show is over Lake Michigan, it can be viewed by boat. Boaters should stay behind the safety area marked by the U. S. Coast Guard to safely watch the show. They can listen to the Air Show broadcast by tuning to 89.1 FM, Lakeshore Public Radio.