- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Over the years, the annual Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival has become a big attraction for Southeast Missouri. Some of the most interesting and popular air-show attractions have made regular appearances here to the delight of thousands of enthusiasts.
A slow economy, job layoffs and a last-minute decision by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels that prevented the precision team's participation in the Cape Girardeau show this year all contributed to a decision to hold off. Hopes are that conditions will improve in time to plan for another air show in 2010.
In the face of all the factors that go into making each show a success, the decision to not have an air festival this year is prudent. Organizers have had some discussions about holding the event every other year instead of annually. This year's hiatus may help that decision-making process.