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Lehigh Valley Airshow to soar again this summer

Lehigh Valley Airshow to soar again this summer

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh Valley Airshow will be flying high once again this year.

Officials announced Wednesday that the Sands Bethlehem Lehigh Valley Airshow will be back again this summer at Lehigh Valley International Airport. It will be held on Aug. 23 and 24.

"As good as last year's show was, this will be even better," said Skip Lehman, of Mach 2 Management.

Last year's airshow was the first one in 16 years, drawing an estimated 40,000 people and creating lots of excitement, but also chaos for ground travel.

"Big problem last year wasn't so much the roads coming in as much as it was getting off the roads and into the fields," Lehman explained.

This year, Lehman said more gates will be open to usher cars through and all parking will be onsite, eliminating last year's shuttle service.

Twice the number of vendors will also be on hand to cut down on last year's lines and lack of concessions.

Lehman said those are just minor bumps in an otherwise very successful flight path. He called LVIA the best site in the country to watch an air show because of the unobstructed view and flat surfaces.

More high flying acts are expected for 2014. Aleth Matrone, of Kutztown, and her all-female skydiving team, Misty Blues, is one of several acts set to return from last year's show.

"It's a good size show, some of the best acts in the world here. It's one of the best air shows I've been to," she said.

Military aircraft are also set to appear.

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