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Large Crowds Expected For Weekend Air Show

Officials are warning about the potential for travel delays on the Massachusetts Turnpike this weekend because of a big military air show in western Massachusetts.

The Great New England Air Show is being held at Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee for the first time in three years.  Master Sergeant Andrew Biscoe, a base spokesman, said the show is expected to draw as many as 250,000 spectators each day.

" Get here early," Biscoe advised. " By early I mean 8:30. Because the show does not actually start until 10, but if the weather is like this the crowds will be huge."   He spoke on a sunny and warm day.

The star of this air show is the U.S. Navy’s renowned Blue Angels demonstration team making its first appearance at Westover. 

Admission is free and parking is available on the base.

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