Donation puts Evansville air show back on calendar

FILE - The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over during the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville air show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels stunt team is back on next summer’s calendar after event organizers received a financial boost.

The Vectren Foundation pledged $50,000 on Thursday toward the estimated $170,000 cost for the air show as part of the annual ShrinersFest.

Hadi Shriners spokesman Dale Thomas says the Vectren contribution gives a 180-degree turn for organizers since they announced last week they couldn’t afford to continue the air show. The Shriners are seeking other corporate donations to cover the air show costs for next June’s festival.

The Shriners say they had until Friday to confirm the Blue Angels’ appearance for the festival along downtown Evansville’s Ohio River shore. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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