Vectren continues backing Dayton Air Show as title sponsor

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in June 2019 at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in June 2019 at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Vectren Dayton Air Show will continue being the Vectren Dayton Air Show — for three more years, at least.

A little over a year ago, Vectren completed a merger with a Houston energy company, CenterPoint Energy Inc. A Vectren spokeswoman at the time said the merger wasn’t expected to change the air show’s identity, and on Monday, air show officials confirmed that.

“Officials of the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger announced today that Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company, will remain as the title sponsor of the show,” the show announced. “Vectren has held the top sponsor position for 21 years. The new agreement extends the partnership for an additional three-year period or through 2024.”

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This year’s show will be June 27 and 28 at the Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the headline event.

Founded in 1975, the show is held annually at the airport and is one of the longest running air shows in the nation. The event is a self-sufficient, non-profit event that relies on sponsorship and community support, officials said.

“It’s an honor to continue our community partnership with the Dayton region’s premier event,” said Walter Hibner, who over sees Ohio government affairs for Vectren.

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The show has an annual economic impact of $3 million, according to the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau. An average of 75,000 spectators attend each year ,making it one of the largest summer outdoor venues in the region. 2020 will mark the 46th consecutive year of operation for the show.

“We were very pleased to learn that CenterPoint Energy has agreed to Vectren continuing as title sponsor of the Vectren Dayton Air Show,” Scott Buchanan, chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show board of trustees, said in the announcement. “Their longstanding support has been a pillar to the show enabling USATS to produce a first-class event for the community each year.”

The U.S Air and Trade Show Inc. produces the show.

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