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What the public should know about this year's AirSho July 28-29

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels rehearse July 24, 2015, for the Fargo Airsho. Paul Christianson / Special to The Forum

FARGO - The Fargo AirSho is trying to make it easier for fans of flight to see some of the hottest technology in the air.

All you have to do is buddy up with the hot tech in your hand: your smartphone.

After years of selling tickets at Fargo-Moorhead area stores, AirSho planners have turned to e-ticket sales to make it easier to land a spot at the event.

"There's a learning curve" for show organizers, said AirSho co-chairman Dick Walstad.

AirSho visitors can park their cars Saturday or Sunday, July 28 and 29, buy tickets on their smartphones at fargoairsho.com/tickets, and get those e-tickets scanned for quick entry to the viewing area at Hector International Airport.

For people more comfortable with paper tickets, they can be purchased at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., and the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Center, 2001 44th St. S., Fargo, Walstad said. There will also be computer stations and booths at the gate to buy tickets, organizers said.

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About 40 AirSho organizers met Thursday, July 12, at the Air Museum to go over preparations for this year's event, which is headlined by the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron.

Nearly all of the VIP chalets for the show have been sold out as of Thursday. Of the 20 chalets available for each day of the show, three remained for the Sunday show. That's brought in about $300,000 so far, important to paying the bills, which could hit $1 million, Walstad said.

Other details discussed Thursday were:

• For practices and during the air show, some roads will be closed off in the "safety box" where aircraft will be flying as a precaution. That includes 19th Avenue North from Dakota Drive to 18th Street, part of 32nd Avenue North, and some gravel roads in the area.

• Saturday afternoon and evening could be tough on law enforcement when it comes to traffic control, Haugen said. The AirSho ends about 4 p.m. Saturday. As AirSho spectators leave the lots around the Fargodome, fans of the rock bands Journey and Def Leppard will be arriving for a concert that starts at 7 p.m.

• AirSho organizers plan to have 10,000 sets of ear plugs to give to children who attend the event, and Sanford Health will be sponsoring four rest stations for people to rest and cool off.

• A table-top exercise for fire and safety crews is planned Tuesday, July 24.

• The first of the Blue Angels is due to arrive July 24, with the rest of the flight team showing up July 25. They will depart Monday, July 30.

To learn more about the show, go to fargoairsho.com/.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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