OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attracts more than a half-million people and 10,000 aircraft to our area. The annual fly-in convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association turns Wittman Regional Airport into the busiest airport in the world. Last year's event attracted visitors from 80 countries.
Daily tickets cost $33 for EAA members and $48 for non-members. Tickets are discounted for the last day of the event, Sunday, July 30: $19 for members, $24 for non-members. A full-week pass, available only to EAA members, costs $123.
Children ages 6 to 18 can receive a student discount of $22 for EAA members and $27 for non-members. The July 30 tickets for members and non-members are $10 and $13, respectively. Children 5 and under get into AirVenture for free each day.
Admission gives you access to showplane parking; speakers, forums, vendors and hands-on workshops; air shows; the opening day concert and nightly Fly-In Theater and Theater in the Woods programming; plus entry to the EAA Aviation Museum and KidVenture.
People and vehicles on the EAA grounds may be searched, along with coolers, backpacks, large purses, and bags brought into AirVenture. These items will not be allowed in:
• Oversize backpacks
• Coolers larger than 12 x 18 inches
• Knives with a blade longer than 4 inches
• Alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine
• Fireworks and explosives
• Pets, except service animals
• Bicycles, skateboards, caster boards (e.g., "Razor" boards), inline skates (e.g., "Rollerblades"), roller skates, Segways and any other self-propelled transport device. Exceptions are electric/handicapped convenience vehicles and other personal mobility devices required by a person's disability and operated in a safe manner.
If it's not winter, it's orange barrel season in Wisconsin, so a number of highway projects are underway in Northeast Wisconsin which may impact travel to and from Oshkosh. Be aware of reduced speed limits and narrow shoulders in work zones in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties. From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:
I-41 Full Closures
• Northbound I-41 between US 10 and County BB will be closed on the following nights to set girders. Reduced lanes in preparation for full closures begin at 6 p.m.
o Tuesday, July 25: 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
o Wednesday, July 26: 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
o Thursday, July 27: 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
o Friday, July 28: 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
o Northbound I-41 detour as follows: Traffic should take exit ramp to eastbound US 10/northbound WIS 441 and continue on WIS 441 to I-41
• Southbound I-41 between the US 10 ramps will be closed on the following nights to set girders. Reduced lanes in preparation for full closures begin at 6 p.m.
o Tuesday, July 25: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
o Wednesday, July 26: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
o Thursday, July 27: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
o Friday, July 28: 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
o Southbound I-41 detour as follows: Traffic should exit at westbound US 10 to exit at County CB. Take County CB south to eastbound US 10, follow US 10 back to southbound I-41
I-41/US 10 System Interchange
• Westbound US 10 to southbound I-41 ramp will be closed on Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Southbound I-41 to eastbound US 10 ramp will be closed on Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
US 10 Full Closure
• Eastbound US 10 between County P/Racine Road and WIS 47/Appleton Road will be closed on Monday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a traffic switch. The following ramps will be closed:
o Eastbound US 10 on-ramp from County P/Racine Road closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
o Eastbound US 10 off-ramp to WIS 47/Appleton Road closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Eastbound and westbound US 10 will have various reduced lanes throughout the week.
• Westbound US 10 on-ramp from County AP/Midway Road will be closed nightly, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Maintenance crews will be repairing pavement on northbound US 45 between County G and Lakeview Road beginning on Monday, July 24 at 7 a.m. through noon, Friday, July 28. The right lane will be continuously closed during repairs.
The Wisconsin State Patrol has a 24-hour presence on Interstate 41 between Milwaukee and Green Bay. (See related story.)
Follow traffic patterns and tie-ups with WBAY's TimeSaver Traffic.
The recommended routes to general parking are to take Interstate 41 to exit 116 (Hwy 44/South Park Rd.) and go east about 0.2 miles. Turn right on Knapp Street Rd. -- that's not a typo -- then right on Poberezny Rd.
Or, take Interstate 41 to exit 116 (Hwy 44/South Park Rd.) and go east about 0.5 miles. Turn right on 20th Ave. Turn right on Oregon St. Turn right on Fisk Ave. Turn right on Poberezny Road. This is a longer route taking you around the airport but at times may be the road less traveled.
Parking on the EAA grounds is $10 daily for members and non-members. EAA members can get a week-long parking pass for $60.
Six public lots are available. There is no overnight parking in the car lots.
If you don't want to drive and park, Oshkosh's GO Transit, Kobussen and Lamers bus lines are providing shuttle service to and from the EAA Bus Park, putting you near the main gate.
GO Transit makes stops at Gruenhagen Hall at U.W.-Oshkosh, the downtown transit center, the airport and the EAA main gate from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except Sunday, July 23, when the hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 30, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round-trip fare is $3 (cash only) or $20 for an EAA bus pass valid July 23-July 30.
Kobussen Bus will operate shuttle service from Fond du Lac County Airport, Appleton International Airport and area hotels for a fee, no reservations needed. Call (920) 422-0604 in the Fox Cities and (920) 923-3010 in Fond du Lac.
Lamers is running shuttle service from various hotels between Kimberly and Neenah, and from Ripon College's Johnson Hall and Comfort Suites in Ripon. Tickets for Fox Cities service must be purchased online - click here - and are non-refundable. Ripon riders can pay the driver in cash.
Trams and buses run throughout the EAA grounds, linking people to the bus park, air traffic control tower, EAA Aviation Museum, campgrounds, the Warbirds area, workshops, and exhibitor areas. There's a $3 round-trip fee for shuttle between the bus park and Seaplane Base.
EAA has a free mobile app for iOS and Android that provides a map of the grounds, information about features and vendors, and a schedule of events which you can customize to know when to be and where. Check your app store for EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017.
EAA also provides text messages highlighting each day's features and attractions, plus weather alerts. Text OSHALERT to 69050 to sign up. You must have a U.S.-based mobile phone number. Text messages end July 31.