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Schedule, parking, security, road closings for Thunder Over the Valley

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Security and transportation plans are in place to accommodate the huge crowds expected to attend this weekend's Thunder Over the Valley Air Show.

Organizers are posting information on parking, security measures and road closings for people who plan to attend the free air show that kicks off at 9:00 a.m., June 17-18, 2017, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Daily Performance Schedule

All performances and times are subject to change. Times are approximate. 

9:00 am — Gates open

10:50 am — U.S. Air Force Silent Drill Team

11:00 am — Opening Ceremony

2:30 pm — Gates close

3:00 pm — U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demo

Free parking for the air show will be provided at remote locations beginning at 8:00 a.m. As parking locations fill, new locations will be opened.

The first bus will leave the primary parking location at 1265 North River Rd. in Warren, Ohio at 8:30 a.m. The last bus will depart for YARS at 2:30 p.m.


Everyone will be screened by security prior to getting on a bus. If you refuse to be screened, you will not be admitted to the event. Pay close attention to the prohibited items list, and the screening process will go quickly.

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited from being brought onto the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio for the 2017 Thunder Over the Valley Air Show:

  • Firearms of any kind (eg. hand guns, air pistols, rifles, shotguns, automatic or semi-automatic weapons)
  • Ammunition of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind (eg. bows and arrows, crossbows, sling shots, brass knuckles, nun chucks, clubs)
  • Non-lethal weapons any kind (eg. Tasers or O.C. Pepper Spray)
  • Knives of any kind
  • Incendiary devices of any kind
  • Explosive material of any kind
  • Roller blades, skate boards, skates, scooters and bicycles
  • Portable frequency scanners
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Backpacks, large handbags (except camera bags, small purses and small diaper bags)
  • Coolers of any kind (except small coolers for infant needs)
  • Cans, bottles, or liquids of any kind (except baby bottles)
  • Pets (except certified working dogs for disabled individuals)

The United States Air Force Reserve and the 910th Security Forces Squadron says it has a right to deny entry to persons which may be carrying items not necessarily listed above but are deemed dangerous by law enforcement officials. All personnel are subject to screening prior to entering the Air Show.

Parking & Travel

Parking Locations:

Four parking locations are reserved for the 2017 Thunder Over The Valley Air Show and Open House. They will be filled in the order they are listed below:

  • Delphi Electric — 1265 North River Rd, Warren OH 44483
  • Phantom Fireworks — 3566 Larchmont Ave NE, Warren OH 44483
  • Kent State Trumbull Campus — 4314 Mahoning Ave, Warren OH 44483
  • Trumbull County Career & Technical Center — 528 Educational HWY, Warren OH 44483

Do not go to Youngstown Air Reserve Station or the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. You will be turned away and directed to the designated parking locations listed above. This includes all DOD CAC holders (retired or active).

If you arrive at a lot that is full, you will be directed to the next lot. Do not go to a lot that you have not been directed to, because you will not be picked up if that lot is not used. Information on which lots are full will be available on local radio stations, so you can adjust to the next one in line. All the parking lots are within a couple miles of each other.

  • The Delphi Lot will open at 8:00 am, with the first bus leaving the lot at 8:30 am
  • The Phantom Fireworks lot will open when/if the Delphi Lot is full
  • The Kent Trumbull Lot will open when/if the Phantom Fireworks Lot is full
  • The TCTC Lot will open when/if the Kent Trumbull Lot is full

The last bus will leave for Youngstown Air Reserve Station at 2:30 pm

When departing the show, ensure you get onto a bus labeled with the name of the lot at which you parked. If you end up going to the wrong lot, locate a Security/Sheriff Deputy for assistance.

Road Closings

The Trumbull County Engineer's Office has announced the following road closings between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. effective Thursday, June 15, 2017 through Sunday, June 17, 2017.

  • King Graves Road between Ridge Road North and the State Route 11 overpass
  • Ridge Road between Aeropark Drive and King Graves Road.

Traffic Updates

The following radio stations will broadcast live traffic updates throughout the show, including active parking locations:

  • 570 WKBN (570 AM)
  • MIX 98.9 (98.9 FM)
  • HOT 101 (101.1 FM)
  • Y-103 (102.9 FM)
  • K105 (105.1 FM)

More information is available at

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