Originally created 12/29/00

Boshears Fly-In to go on



Augusta will have an air show next year.

The 10th annual Boshears Memorial Fly-In will be held Oct. 18-21 at Daniel Field, organizers announced Thursday.

The announcement ended a few weeks of uncertainty surrounding the future of the popular air show, which averaged more than 10,000 people each of the three days of the event this year.

Earlier this month, Augusta officials scrapped plans for a joint air show combining the Boshears event with a 2001 version of Skyfest, an air show held in April at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

"We're starting a little behind schedule, but with nine years' experience this is something the committee can do and overcome," said Ed Johnson, chairman of the Boshears organizing committee, during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The committee will hold its first planning session Tuesday, Mr. Johnson said. Organizers already have contacted some air-show acts to see if they might appear, but formal efforts to recruit talent won't begin until next week, he said.

The biggest challenge facing the committee is finding sponsors and supporters to pay the show's $150,000 cost, organizers said. The committee already has received a $4,710 tourism grant from the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Every year is a gamble," said Mr. Johnson, adding that the show usually finishes only $2,000 to $3,000 in the black. "You step out and hope that there is some way to pull it off. We always have, for nine years."

Organizers did not rule out working with the city again in the future.

"The city has always supported us," Mr. Johnson said. "In fact, I hope they will come over and help us as they did last year."

Reach Brandon Haddock at (706) 823-3409 or bhaddock@augustachronicle.com.