Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fargo AirSho cancelled

FARGO – The Fargo AirSho scheduled for Aug. 10-11 has been canceled, a decision that comes after the Navy’s Blue Angels flying team canceled the rest of its season because of federal budget cuts.

Fargo AirSho officials announced the cancellation this morning.

AirSho co-chairman Dick Walstad, Darrol Schroeder and Mike Haugen said in a news release that the decision was reluctantly made after reviewing all aspects of the event.

While the ground of the Blue Angels for the rest of the 2013 season was a major factor, other considerations led to the decision, they said.

Due to federal budget sequestration, other branches of the military have cut back drastically in supporting air shows, the release stated. The primary food vendor for the Fargo AirSho also suspended operations for the 2013 season because of several other air shows canceling their events.

“While the 70 Fargo AirSho Committee members were disappointed that this year’s show had to be cancelled, they still plan to be involved in future air shows,” the release stated.

Net proceeds totaling $500,000 from the previous 10 Fargo AirSho events have been donated to various nonprofits in the region, including $250,000 to the Fargo Air Museum, the release noted.