Friday, April 1, 2011

News Alert From SUN 'n FUN, Lakeland FL

For more information contact:
Jim Bernegger
      Director, Marketing & Communications
     863-644-2431 x112

March 31, 2011
News Alert from SUN 'n FUN, Lakeland FL

SUN 'n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL – The SUN 'n FUN  International Fly-In & Expo, taking place now through Sunday, April 3 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., experienced severe weather this afternoon  that caused significant damage to an estimated 50 exhibitor and privately owned aircraft as well as a large number of tents and other temporary structures.  No major injuries were reported, although 15 people were treated for injuries at SUN 'n FUN's on-site medical hospitality center. Seven of those were subsequently transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

A national media outlet erroneously reported that a major building containing 70 people collapsed on site was erroneously reported on national media.

SUN 'n FUN officials suspended the balance of the scheduled afternoon and evening activities at 3 p.m. to enable attendees and exhibitors to vacate the site in order to permit a safe and efficient clean-up of the site and prepare the campus for its scheduled 8 a.m. opening tomorrow (Friday, April 1). This will require an around-the-clock effort by SUN 'n FUN's remarkable corps of volunteers and tremendous professional support from City of Lakeland and Polk County emergency response personnel.

The U.S. Navy's "Blue Angels" military jet demonstration team are expected to arrive Friday morning between 9 and 10 a.m.  The U.S. Air Force's high-tech front-line jet fighter aircraft, the F-22 "Raptor," is also expected to make its return appearance Friday morning.  The Raptor made its public debut at the 2006 SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In and Expo.  Both will be featured SUN 'n FUN air show performers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 1- 3.  Special weekend admission packages are available.  Access the SUN 'n FUN website ( for the most current information and updates. 

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