Blue Angels to be a no-show for the Cherry Point Air Show

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

Other civilian and military performers are currently being sought for the show, but McKenzie would not comment on specific acts.

“We are still working on those. There are some that I have heard we are working on, but nobody is official yet,” McKenzie said.

Putting on the show is a mammoth undertaking. McKenzie estimates that between 800 and 1,000 civilian and military personnel, plus volunteers, work on the event.

“A lot of the Marine units here at Cherry Point volunteer to work the air show and they get funds put into their birthday ball funds that they earn over the weekend,” McKenzie said.

MCCS handles the civilian side of the show.

“We do all of the commercial sponsorships, the tarmac exhibitors, the commercials on the radio and the television, the ads in the newspaper,” McKenzie said. “We do the preferred seating. We do the all of the vendors. We do the corporate chalets and the command and MCCS hospitality chalets.

Then our contracting side of the house does the contracts for the civilian performers. The military side of house is dealing with the military acts. They are the ones that are the air show boss, the pit boss and the air show director. We have the DoD folks that are communications folks, the maintenance folks that make sure that we have lights and we have equipment and that things are working properly.”



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