FARGO - The Fargo AirSho has distributed nearly $200,000 to the community from the 2018 show, event Co-chairman Dick Walstad said last week.
Walstad said this year’s show, held July 28-29, was probably the biggest yet in terms of attendance, with about 26,500 paid attendees recorded by the electronic ticketing system.
Total revenues topped $775,000, Walstad said, giving the show a profit of more than $150,000.
About $41,600 was paid out to 15 to 20 non-profit groups such as the Kiwanis Clubs, Boy Scouts, and swimming and soccer clubs, for their help in putting on the show, Walstad said. The AirSho paid those groups $55 per day for each of the people they provided to do jobs such as ticketing, selling souvenirs and food, and keeping the grounds clean.
Another $150,000 is being donated to benefit causes in and around Fargo-Moorhead.
The Fargo Air Museum alone will get about $50,000 this year for special projects, Walstad said.
Sanford Health was given $5,000 this year as part of a larger $25,000 commitment from the AirSho. Over time, the AirSho has donated about $50,000 to the Roger Maris Cancer Center, he said.
Other donations were made to the Salvation Army, which received $4,000; United Way of Cass Clay, $3,000; Boy Scouts, $2,000; Civil Air Patrol, $1,500; New Life Center men’s shelter, $1,000; Jeremiah Program for young mothers, $1,000; and other programs, Walstad said.
Since the AirSho was first organized in 1989, about $700,000 has been distributed to area non-profits, he said, with about $300,000 going to the Air Museum.
The AirSho is typically a once every two years event, with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team as the premier act.
But the show is returning again for 2019.
Walstad said organizers had the good fortune to be able to schedule the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team for July 20-21. He said AirSho organizers will go to the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas in early December to book the rest of the performers for next summer’s show.