MacDill cancels Airfest

Published March 2 2013

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base officials announced Friday they have canceled the Airfest scheduled for April 6 and 7 because of forced budget cuts.

"We waited until the very last minute kind of hoping for a breakthrough," said Terry Montrose, a spokesman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing. "We just came up against some unfortunate circumstances that won't allow it to happen."

Montrose said even a budget breakthrough in the next few days would be unlikely to save the Airfest, given the months of planning required.

"I don't see how we could turn it back on," he said.

The Airfest draws more than 80,000 people and would have featured the Navy's demonstration flying team, the Blue Angels.

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