SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A sad day for our Central Coast Veterans as the Santa Maria Air Show honoring the men and women in uniform has been canceled.
After a long fight, organizers were unable to raise the $40,000 needed to put on the show.
Sponsors this year were unable to donate as much as previous shows. The organizers were only able to raise $12,000.
"As a veteran that puts this event on, most everyone on the staff are, we feel like we left our brothers and sisters on the battlefield at home," says CEO of The Santa Maria Museum of Flight Mike Geddry.
The show typically brings in 6-8,000 vets and supporters to the Santa Maria area as well as thousands of dollars into the local economy.
Organizers were able to bring in five national sponsors but were about $30,000 short.
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