After hiatus, Air & Water Show will return to Milwaukee

Next summer's show will be held July 15 and 16
Posted at 3:57 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 17:04:08-04

MILWAUKEE -- After a one-year hiatus, the Air & Water Show is returning to Milwaukee's lakefront. 

On Wednesday, the show's board of directors announced a title sponsorship from WaterStone Bank. 
"This event provides our residents a family experience second to none and displays our wonderful community to visitors from throughout the state," said Doug Gordon, the President and CEO of Waterstone Bank. 
Organizers said the amount of the sponsorship won't be made public. 
Next summer's show will be held July 15 and 16. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels will be the headline performers. 
Milwaukee's Air and Water Show, started in 2002, is Wisconsin's largest free event. 
Phil Vollrath, Chair of the Air and Water Show's Board of Directors, said it draws roughly 400,000 people to the lakefront. 
It was postponed for a year in February due to scheduling concerns and a lack of money. 
At the time, show organizers said the cost of performers, aircraft fuel, parking, grounds staff, and safety and security personnel were too much to handle without a better funding plan. 
According to organizers, the show also educates the public about aviation and shows appreciation for the U.S. Armed Forces.