Tickets now available for Thunder in the Valley Airshow

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Advanced tickets to the March 16 and 17 Thunder in the Valley Air Show are now available for sale.

“In 2012, we partnered with AttendStar to offer the 24/7 accessibility of online ticket sales and received positive feedback from out-of-town attendees and Facebook fans,” said Phaedra Childers, Event Coordinator. “We’re happy to offer that again and to add several new retail locations for the convenience of local residents.”

Ticket can be ordered through AttendStar, on the airshow website or by scanning the QR Code found in ads and posters promoting the airshow. Advance tickets purchased online cost $10 each, plus a $.99 service fee. All major credit cards are accepted.

Advanced tickets are available through many local businesses for only $10. “The local vendors who sell our tickets get no commission; there’s no incentive to them beyond their support of children’s charities,” Childers said. “Our event sponsors cover most of the costs of producing the airshow, but ticket sales make it possible for us to continue to make donations to deserving children’s organizations in our region.”

Repeat locations for ticket sales include:


  • Ace Hardware – St. Mary’s Road
  • Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America, Main Office – 1237 1st Ave., Columbus, GA
  • Columbus-area McDonald’s
  •  Cricket Communications – Macon Road
  •  Flightways Columbus (at Columbus Airport)
  •  MWR Tickets and Travel (Fort Benning)
  •  Off Price Furniture – Armor Road at Manchester Expressway
  •  Skyline Columbus (at Columbus Airport)

New locations for ticket purchases are:

  • Brusters Real Ice Cream – 1654 Whittlesey Rd., Columbus, GA
  • Brusters Real Ice Cream – 7590 Schomburg Rd., Columbus, GA
  • Brusters Real Ice Cream – 3465 Macon Rd., Columbus, GA
  • Wingstop – 2528 Weems Rd., Columbus, GA
  • Stand and Stretch – 1334 13th St., Columbus, GA (behind Loco’s near Meritage)

Advanced tickets at local merchants are cash only. Military tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 at MWR Tickets and Travel on Fort Benning – the exclusive location for military discounted tickets. Children 6 and under are free. It’s important to note that tickets are good for only one of the two show days – to attend both days would require two tickets – and that there are no rain dates or refunds, organizers said.

Online advanced tickets will be available until 11:59 p.m. March 15. Retail locations will offer discounted tickets until close of business on Friday, March 15. Day-of-event tickets are $15.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on both Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

The Thunder in the Valley Air Show began in 1997 as a local fly-in for aviation enthusiasts and has grown to become one of the largest outdoor family events in the Chattahoochee Valley, thanks to the efforts of more than 600 dedicated volunteers – both groups and individuals. The airshow brings in performers from across the United States, all paid for by local and regional sponsors. Proceeds from the airshow go to youth organizations in the Chattahoochee Valley.

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