Blue Angels coming to La Crosse

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- This spring, the skies in one area will be filled with F-18s.

The blue angels are coming back to La Crosse for the Deke Slayton Airfest.

It’s been 6 years since the Blue Angels were in La Crosse, but organizers with the Deke Slayton Airfest said they’re glad they’ll be here in 2014.

“It’s just a total awesome event and experience to see and hear, and actually feel the roar of the jets as they take off,” said Deke Slayton Airfest president Ron Schmal.

Schmal said having the Blue Angels in La Crosse helps to bring money to the area.

He also said it serves as a recruiting tool for people who may be interested in joining the military.

“A lot of the different types of careers are available through the military, and this is a great way to showcase them,” said Schmal.

The Blue Angels had also planned to come to Eau Claire for the Chippewa Valley Air Show in September, but the show was cancelled, because of a lack of military support

Chairperson Julie Pangallo said it’s disappointing.

“It is what it is. The budget thing just happened. Nothing that anybody could do about it, and we'll roll with those punches,” said Pangallo.

Pangallo said 2015 is the soonest the Blue Angels would be in Eau Claire.

Some people we talked with said they’re planning to go to the show in La Crosse.

“I’ve been to several of their shows here and other places around the country, and they put on quite a performance,” said Ron Olson.

The Deke Slayton Airfest is May 31st and June 1st at the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

Schmal said there were plans to have the Blue Angels in La Crosse three years ago.

However, they weren’t able to come, because of construction at the airport.

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