April 2-- The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels called the Vidalia Onion Festival air show committee late Tuesday with some bad news.
Despite previous assurances that the Vidalia show was still a go, the Blues have been told by higher ups the trip to Vidalia is a no go because of Defense Department budget cuts, according to Marsha Temples with the air show organizers.
"We were having an air show committee meeting this afternoon at 5:30 and my cellphone rang at 5:40. It was the Blue Angels saying they have to cancel the Vidalia show."
Even though the Blue Angels had already cancelled other April air shows, they held out hope they could make it to Vidalia and gave the go ahead to order some supplies. Luckily, the order has yet to go out and that saves about $15,000, according to Temples.
"They're as disappointed as I am. They were lead to believe they'd still come here and they've been practicing to be prepared," Temples said.
Temples say the show will go on and her plan is to "pull a rabbit out of a hat" and find a headliner for the air show.
"I want everybody to know the Blue Angels cancelled their appearance but Vidalia is still going to have an air show. I've talked to our air boss who's been working with me for years. The Sun Fun Air Show is the week before us in Lakeland, Florida and we'll find somebody that everybody will be really pleased with," she promises.