LANCASTER – The third annual Los Angeles County Air Show welcomed its largest attendance yet, boasting 137,000 spectators over the two-day event, organizers announced Wednesday.
Proceeds from the event will fund several scholarships to regional youth and provide seed money for the 2017 Air Show, according to the Los Angeles County Air Show Board of Directors.
“With this only being our third year, we have once again put on a safe world-class event, stated Dennis Dunbar, executive director of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “I’m extremely pleased with the overall success of the event and record attendance; we are thankful for the support from our sponsors, community partners, and proud of our hard working volunteers that put in tireless hours to make this event happen.”
Organizers said the boost to the local economy and outlying areas was significant. Initial projections show $6.8 million in direct economic impact, with indirect impact numbers currently being determined.
A monetary stipend was also awarded to more than 20 local non-profit groups who provided assistance to the master concessionaire. In the near future, the Air Show board will announce the Los Angeles County Air Show Regional Scholarship Program and its application process for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or aerospace.
“In three short years, the Air Show continues to make a positive economic and community impact,” stated Allen Hoffman, board president of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “We look forward to growing this wonderful event while striving to make a difference in the region and the lives of our youth with the scholarship program and more.”
2017 Air Show scheduled for March 25-26
Fans should save the date for March 25-26, 2017, as the Air Show welcomes back the USAF
Thunderbirds, according to organizers. Updates will be posted regularly at the http://www.lacountyairshow.com/.
[Information via news release from the Los Angeles County Air Show.]