Rain cuts Air Show short Saturday afternoon

Spectators headed for cover Saturday afternoon as rain forced officials to scrub the rest of the day's performances. (Corey Welch/WPRI)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Officials have canceled the rest of Saturday’s 26th Annual R.I. National Guard Open House and Air Show because of rain.

The Guard made the announcement at about 1 p.m.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation, which is running trains to and from Quonset Point for this weekend’s show, said that it would try to advance the departure times of the trains leaving the Air Show to bring spectators back to T.F. Green Airport and Providence.

RIDOT says approximately 1,400 people made use of the new “trains to planes” service Saturday morning, which were offered for the first time this year.

The air show has “grown significantly and that is why we tried to think of ways where we could improve transportation,” Colonel Peter Parente with the National Guard tells Eyewitness News.”It’s an opportunity for folks to get away from some of the traffic challenge(s).”

Some air show attendees say the free train rides program still needs to work out some kinks.

“The train was late twice, but in the end it worked out,” says David Cabral, one of the Saturday spectators. “They were able to get everyone on the ride here because it started to rain pretty bad.”

The Air Show is set to resume Sunday at 9 a.m.

Free trains will continue to run to Quonset from Providence at 7:29 a.m. and T.F. Green at 7:45 a.m.

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