South Shore Air Show Moves to Fair Oaks

21 Nov

Gazette Staff


Hammond, IN (November 21, 2013) – The South Shore Air Show will return in 2014 at a new location. Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Gary Corbett, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms, announced that Fair Oaks Farms will play backdrop to the event at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 21.

“When making the decision to bring the air show back, the South Shore CVA staff wanted to bring it back bigger and better than ever,” Batistatos stated. With the recent cancellation of the Indy Air Show, the move will draw even more visitors, Batistatos explained. Fair Oaks Farms is situated between Chicago and Indianapolis, opening the event up to potential attendees who may not have attended the event in Miller Beach.

Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000 acre attraction, allowing the two organizations ample room to make additions to the family-fun event.

“Hosting an air show at a tourism destination, like Fair Oaks Farms, has yet to be done in the United States,” said Batistatos. “We have a real opportunity to bring in new facets to an event that is already a ‘must-attend’ for residents and visitors.”

Additionally, Batistatos believes hosting the air show at Fair Oaks Farms will challenge conventional thinking on space used for events along the South Shore.

“Northwest Indiana is such a unique area. There are many different features that can be highlighted and tailored to make an event truly special and successful,” said Batistatos.

According to Batistatos, Fair Oaks Farms enthusiastically agreed to partner for the 2014 air show.

“Fair Oaks Farms is transitioning and growing at an exponential rate,” said Batistatos. “With breaking ground for a restaurant and discussion for the additions of a hotel and indoor water park, Fair Oaks Farms has positioned themselves to being leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.”

South Shore Air Show attendees will be able to enjoy the traditional, exciting aerial acrobatics in addition to exploring all Fair Oaks Farms has to offer. With the recent addition of The Pig Adventure, Fair Oaks Farms has numerous educational and entertaining activities for all ages. Proposed additions to the air show include a car show and live music entertainment.

Previously, the South Shore Air Show has been held on the beaches of Marquette Park in the Miller Beach section of Gary. In 2012, the air show saw an estimated 570,000 attendees over the three-day event which included numerous aerial acts, a twilight night show with fireworks, kids’ zone, beer garden, food vendors, charity event and VIP receptions. The 14th annual South Shore Air Show was canceled due to the impacts of sequestration.

“The South Shore CVA Board of Directors and staff, as well as Fair Oaks Farms, are very excited for the opportunity of presenting a reconfigured, unique visitor experience,” stated Batistatos.

Dates for the 2014 South Shore Air Show will be announced in the coming months. For additional information on the air show, contact Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone, vice president and chief communications officer for the South Shore CVA, at 219-554-2720 or

Fair Oaks to host South Shore Air Show

South Shore Air Show moved from Gary, IN to Fair Oaks Farms.

9 Responses to “South Shore Air Show Moves to Fair Oaks”

  1. Brain Drain via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Sorry miller. Should have kept a pig!

    • Jon November 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Does this mean no more peddlers or crackheads walking around?

  2. Judy Gillis via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    ?? Where will the planes be based? They come from all over & need an airport. I hope they gain enough people from the south to make up for the ones who won’t be going that far from da region. Nice for Fair Oaks, tho.

  3. Jon Timowski via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Yeah we sure will miss the drug addicts and peddlers.

  4. The Northwest Indiana Gazette via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Judy Gillis, I am pretty sure that a 50 or 100 mile flight is nothing for these guys. They could base out of Lafayette, Valparaiso . . . even Indianapolis.

  5. Judy Gillis via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    I’m very much aware of the facts you state, NWG. Still think the SOUTH SHORE is the place for it. And do not patronize me!!! I doubt the planners are even aware of all the nuances involved. Think about it.

  6. The Northwest Indiana Gazette via Facebook November 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Judy Gillis, I apologize. I did not mean the comment to be patronizing. In fact, that is a question that I hope to ask Speros Battistatos soon. I believe there is more to this story. Speros recently left the Gary Park Board unexpectedly and now this. Hmmm.

  7. Judy Gillis via Facebook November 22, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I don’t always agree with Mayor McDermott, but he posted a very astute opinion on FB just now. He stated cogently what I meant to get across in earlier posts.

  8. Judy Gillis via Facebook November 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Attn: Jon Timowski! RE Post- Tribune:” The Air Show will continue to be staged out of Gary Airport!” You should let them know that they can’t do that because O’Hare & Midway flight plans negate the possibility! I guess you forgot to tell them.

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