Money Watchers: Planes mean profits for North Kingstown

The Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show returns to Quonset State Airport this weekend after a year off.

North Kingstown business owners said Tuesday they're ready to welcome back the big crowds expected for the show.

"They usually hang around the front of the store, with chairs. They come in and buy a sandwich, a drink," said Emmanuel Torres of Dave's Marketplace.

Other businesses expect the same sort of positive news.

"They're anticipating a pickup from local folks who are coming to their stores to plan parties. Dave's Marketplace will have lots of folks there picking up party packages. The local package stores will have people coming in," said Martha Pughe of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce is working with the town's economic development office too. There's a proposal before the town that would provide trolley service from the Wickford Junction train station to the air show next year.

"We've actually been doing some studies regarding local shuttle services trying to connect Wickford Junction with Wickford Village and also Quonset, and I think that service will actually help us in the future, hopefully by next year with the next air show," Paige Bronk said.

There's plenty of parking at the Wickford Junction station and carpooling to this year's air show is encouraged.

Gates open at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about what's on tap in our special presentation, "Need for Speed: Return of the Rhode Island Air Show" at 7:30 p.m. Friday.