Sequestration Could Affect Fair St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s that time of year, when we start talking about what to expect at Fair St. Louis, but this time we are talking about what NOT TO EXPECT this July.
The United States Army’s Golden Knights parachute team was a popular element of last year’s Air Show during Fair St. Louis, but they’ve begun cancelling their 2013 appearances as a result of deep budget cuts do to sequestration.
“Military spending has been cut, and the military is looking for place where they can cut their own expenses without also endangering the country’s security,” explained John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows.
Bob Ciapciak is chairman of this year’s Fair and he says with less than four months to go, it’s unclear whether the Golden Knights or the Harrier Jump-Jet will be a part of this year’s Air Show, but he’s confident,”we’ll have a high quality airshow regardless what happens with the military.”
“We are going full steam ahead and we’re extraordinarily excited about what we have to present this year.”
Fair St. Louis will hold a press conference on April 9th to outline the full schedule for this year’s show, which will run July 4th, 5th and 6th under the Arch.