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Deke Slayton Airfest books Blue Angels for 2021

Brad Williams

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A long drought without an air show in La Crosse will end soon. 

Organizers of the Deke Slayton Airfest say the Navy’s Blue Angels will return to the La Crosse Airport on June 12th and 13th of 2021. 

That will mark seven years since the last Slayton Airfest was presented. 

The aviation festival originated as a yearly event, but the planners discovered that attendance was low in years when they couldn’t bring in a precision flying team. 

The Blue Angels also appeared at the most recent airfest in 2014.

A scheduled festival in the summer of 2015 had to be cancelled because of safety concerns resulting from construction work on I-90, near the airport.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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