Marine Corps Air Station Miramar was scheduled to host this year's two- day show on Oct. 4 but canceled it Oct. 3 even though civilian performers contracted for the show had already arrived in town or were en route, tickets were sold, and tents and other equipment were in place.
The decision left the base holding the bag for at least $600,000 in contract reimbursements for performers and vendors, Miramar officials told U-T San Diego. ``Most of the big contracts have been covered but there are smaller contracts still being worked out,'' Miramar spokesman Marine Capt. Anton Semelroth said.
The show normally makes the base money, which is used to support military families. Last year's show netted $1.6 million in profits for base families, supporting child care programs for working parents and employee assistance for troops leaving active duty, according to the newspaper.
Even before the cancellation, the show was scaled back from its usual three days to two after the Defense Department announced earlier this year that military flight demonstrations would not be allowed due to the automatic spending cuts known as ``sequestration.' That included the Navy's wildly popular Blue Angels. This year's show was expected to draw fewer than half of its normal crowd of 500,000 due to the scale back.