LETHBRIDGE: Significant budget cuts in the U.S. that have crushed airshows south of the border, may give a boost to the airshow in our city.
At least 60 of the aerial displays have already been cancelled in the States as the government tries to navigate through difficult economic times.
Alberta International Airshow President Brent Botfield explained that they hope to draw more American tourists from places like Montana, which had to drop their show when the Blue Angels cancelled their entire season.
He also noted that while he'd be surprised to see even a couple of American acts here this summer, the local event will be just fine, "It's not going to affect us at all. We've got great support from the Canadian military, we've got a full contingent of aircraft coming from across Canada. We've got the Snow Birds and we've got the hornet demo, we've got the Sky Hawks parachute team, as well as we have some static display aircraft from the Canadian military."
The Alberta International Airshow runs July 20th and 21st at the County of Lethbridge airport.