Milwaukee Air and Water Show canceled

CREATED Jun 21, 2014

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  • The Blue Angels F/A-18 jets fly in formation lead by the C-130 Fat Albert near Milwaukee on Wednesday June 18. Pilots with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, were flying for a scheduled team photo shoot. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform in this weekends 2014 Milwaukee Air & Water Show on MilwaukeeÕs Lakefront. In all, the Blue Angels are expected to fly in 68 performances at 35 locations in 2014 and 64 performances at 34 locations in 2015 throughout North America. Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti

MILWAUKEE - People started to flee from Milwaukee's lakefront long before organizers with Milwaukee Air and Water Show officially canceled performances on Saturday.
Organizers had held out hope that a rainstorm would have cleared the rolling fog that seemed to just linger.
There was one parachute jump, but it was hardly visible. The famed Blue Angels were grounded, along with all the other scheduled acts.
"It kind of reminds me of last year on the third for the fireworks, said Paul Kruft who arrived at 9 a.m.  with his wife and 18-month-old daughter. You could hear them but you couldn't see them."
Several hours later, his wife Julia was ready to go.  "I'm ready to leave; we’ve been sitting here long enough. This one is getting ancy and it doesn't seem like we are going to see any air show at all today."
Organizers say hand stamps and parking receipts from Saturday will be honored Sunday.
That wasn't total consolation for everyone.  "There are a lot of really angry people, it's just the way they ran this air show was horrible, I won't be back again I can guarantee you," said Jason Farbour of Germantown.
Farbour was concerned the ink from his hand stamp would wash off, and he didn't see enough hand stampers available for people leaving.


"We don't want to come back tomorrow but now we paid we're out the money and I guarantee you if we came back tomorrow, we're not going to have a stamp. So how am I getting in?"