In an unusual move, the Jasper Airshow in Jasper, TX has been canceled less than a week in advance. The show’s website now features a statement that a forecast of thunderstorms for the planned March 21-22 dates led to the cancelation, a decision made earlier this week. Organizers say they will attempt to reschedule the event for a weekend in the fall instead. The rest of the show’s website has been disabled in the mean time. Skip Stewart, Tora Tora Tora, and other various warbird and aerobatic acts were scheduled to perform.
Although it is very uncommon for a show to cancel on such short notice, it is not unheard of. In 2008, the massive Royal International Air Tattoo airshow in the UK, more popularly known as RIAT, canceled its public airshow just the day before it was to start. Organizers explained that heavy rains had drenched the airport and parking fields and created numerous safety concerns for attendees. Last year, the Gary South Shore Airshow was canceled several weeks ahead of time in a similar situation of waterlogged grounds that the organizers insisted would not recover in time for the show.