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St. Cloud Air Show Cancelled [AUDIO]

Blue Angels at the Great Minnesota Air Show, 2010
Steven Sohlstrom, FlightFlash.com

 

ST. CLOUD — The 2013 St. Cloud Air Show has officially been grounded. The move was announced this afternoon (Tuesday) by the Central Minnesota Council of Boy Scouts, who were organizing the event.

Due to the Sequester, all military support needed for the show was lost.

Chris Chapman is the director of the St. Cloud Air Show. He says this announcement is very disappointing.

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Concerns were raised after Congress failed to meet on an agreement to avoid the Sequester at the beginning of March — casting doubt on an appearance by the Blue Angels.

After crunching the numbers, organizers say it was too much of an uphill battle to keep going.

Despite the Sequester, Chapman says they tried to make it work, even if the big acts wouldn’t be performing.

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A full refund will by issued to anyone who purchased tickets.

Additional refund information will be released by the end of the week on the air show’s website.

Chapman says a future air show is possible in St. Cloud, just not in 2013.

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Organizers say they are very thankful to all the sponsors who supported them throughout the process.

St. Cloud isn’t the only location to feel the impact. Over 25 other air shows have also been cancelled across the country.

The show was schedule to take place July 20th and 21st.

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