Top 10 Tips For Thunder!

Top 10 Thunder Tips:

  1. Pick-up the Official Thunder Program in The Courier-Journal Saturday, April 21nd – it has a Thunder map and full airshow schedule.
  2. Wear your Pegasus Pin. Show your support for the Festival, plus you’ll need it for the Thunder Chow Wagon, Meijer Family Fun Zone on the West Belvedere and North Great Lawn viewing area.
  3. Park as far away from event venue as you can comfortably walk.  Refer to the LMPD Traffic Plan to help choose the best place to park and exit route.
  4. Dress in layers. The temperature can vary a great deal throughout the day.  Bring sunglasses & sunscreen.
  5. Know your limits and your children’s limits for the day. Seven hours can be a long day for toddlers. Consider picking air show OR fireworks.
  6. Bring a roll of toilet paper (Thunder Pots can run out!)
  7. Please do NOT bring pets, tents or materials to rope off/section off areas of the venue.
  8. You can bring food and drink to the venue (except in the Thunder Chow Wagon).  Vending is also available throughout the venue.  (All parcels subject to search.)
  9. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings AND be aware of the services around you…EMS, Lost Child Stations, General First Aid.
  10. Make sure your car has plenty of gas for the exit traffic delays.

More helpful hints

  • Designate a driver if you plan on drinking in the only beer-vending areas of the event:  Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park, Meijer Family Fun Zone on the West Belvedere, North Great Lawn and the Red Lot near the Big Four Bridge.
  • Identify a location to regroup should you lose any in your party.
  • Bring your patience. This is not an event for the crowd-shy. Remember the event is for fun – try to have some!
  • Don’t count on cell phones working 100% that day. With that many folks and signals service can be unreliable.
  • Know what your children are wearing and carry a photo of them with you. Make sure they know to find a police officer and know your phone number and address.  Lost Child Stations are set-up throughout the venue at all First Aid Stations.
  • If you plan to bring young children (toddlers and infants) to the venue, bring ear plugs for them.  The loud noises from the air show and fireworks frighten some children.  Plus, it will help protect their tiny ear drums.
  • Entertain restless children in the kid’s interactive areas or playgrounds in Waterfront Park and along River Road.
  • Thunder Wear (official Thunder merchandise) can be found in several locations.  If you plan on buying a poster, wait until later in the day to keep it from getting damaged.
  • You can tune into the Command Center and complete air show commentary on 106.9 PLAY.
  • NO-NO’S – Keep glass bottles, grills, tents, stakes, pennant lines, caution tape, alcohol, skates and pets at home.


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