On Sunday night, organizers announced the postponement of the Mountain Madness 2013 Air Show, an event that had been scheduled for July 20 and 21 at Glacier Park International Airport. The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce originally received word that the city was selected for the show in the first place after an announcement at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas.
Chamber staff had expected thousands of visitors for the event. On March 1, US Air Force Thunderbirds organizers announced the grounding of all their performances past April 1 due to budget cuts brought about by the sequestration.
The event had been set to feature Captain Jason Curtis, a Kalispell Native and Thunderbird pilot. Kalispell Chamber of Commerce President Joe Unterreiner said in a press release that organizers will resume planning for a Kalispell air show as soon as an opportunity comes up.
Meanwhile, some folks tell NBC Montana that the sequester is a crucial way to cut government spending, even if it results in the postponement of the air show.