Cherry Point cancels 2014 air show

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

The event, which is typically held in the spring, is a large draw for the city and the base. Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, said economic impact reports show the air show is responsible for bringing about 250,000 people to the area during the three-day event.

“We’ll definitely miss out on that potential income on what those visitors will be spending by staying in hotels, but the biggest feeling is that the budget is the most important thing for us,” Duncan said. “The air show is small beans compared to the huge impact of the federal budget problems and the effect that sequestration has on us.”

In 2013, many military-based air shows across the country were canceled because of sequestration and budget cuts, including one scheduled at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

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