WATSONVILLE — A 50-year-old air show will be grounded this year, with no aerobatics and no performances, after the nonprofit Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show decided to hand over the reins to the city.
Hank Wempe, the fly-in and air show’s board president, said declining attendance and corporate sponsorships forced board members to donate funds out of their own pockets to keep the event going the past few years.
The board was tired of just scraping by, Wempe said.
“What we need is movers and shakers and we didn’t have them on our board,” Wempe said.
Now the Watsonville Municipal Airport, which is owned by the city of Watsonville, will run the show.