CLEVELAND - After the Cleveland National Air Show announced Monday afternoon it would cancel this year's annual Labor Day weekend event, many people logged on to multiple social networks to air their frustrations.
The 2013 Cleveland National Air Show was scheduled to take place Aug. 31-Sept. 2, but has now been canceled due to federal sequestration budget cuts on the Department of Defense and Aerospace Industry.
Multiple comments were left on NewsChannel5's Facebook page following the Air Show's announcement.
"This is really sad…was looking forward to the air show this year," posted Julitha Andrews.
Samantha Springer wrote, "This sucks! We take my son every year for his birthday and now we can't!"
"Sad. Haven't been in a while, but loved hearing the jets fly over." wrote Lori Focht.
Sara Snider wrote, "Sad, this was the one thing as a kid I looked forward to since I lived so close to Edgewater. Loved being in school hearing the sounds of the planes overhead…our kids will be losing out to all the adults saying good and it was annoying. I agree as an adult the thrill of watching it has passed, but I like being around the younger kids who enjoy seeing something like this brought to our city."
Don Sweeney wrote, "I will miss this, but we have to cut the spending somewhere."
"So sad to hear this. It has been a family tradition for over 30 years," posted Sherry Hood Varga.
Multiple comments were also posted on Twitter in response to the cancellation.
Charles Webster (@chucknuts) tweeted, "I'm not happy about this. We go every year."
"Worst news of the day," tweeted Casey Vidmar (@Case4Cleveland).
Alyssa Purvis (@aapurvis) tweeted, "Legitimately upset about this."
"After considering the effect this will have on programming, attendance and the financial viability of producing a 2013 event, the Executive Committee of Cleveland National Air Show, Inc. Board of Trustees made the decision to cancel this year's Air Show," said Air Show executive director Chuck Newcomb. "Though regrettable, this action is viewed to be in the long term best interest of the Air Show, the City of Cleveland and the valued fans that annually attend the event."
Plans are still in place for the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The tentative 2014 dates are Aug. 30 – Sept. 1.
The Cleveland National Air Show attracts nearly 100,000 visitors to Burke Lakefront Airport and has been Northeast Ohio's Labor Day Weekend tradition since 1964. It is one of the region's largest annual events and has an annual economic impact of more than $7 million on the City of Cleveland.
"On behalf of the Cleveland National Air Show Board of Trustees, we would like to thank all of the sponsors, vendors, dedicated volunteers and fans for their continued support and patronage. It is their efforts and community involvement that has made the Air Show a Labor Day Weekend tradition in downtown Cleveland for half a century," Newcomb said.
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