Cortland offers air show support

CORTLAND – City Council is bolstering support for the Thunder Over the Valley Air Show.

Citing a need for the community to champion the show and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station while welcoming the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to the area, council passed a resolution of support during its meeting on Monday.

“What we’re trying to do is show support to the base and air show, to show the community that the City of Cortland has its support,” Councilman Jim Woofter said.

Woofter said he suggested the resolution after hearing that the May show in Vienna still needed to raise about $200,000.

He noted that the resolution said YARS is one of only 16 U.S. military base locations chosen worldwide this year to host an air show. In addition, he said when the time comes for federal government to decide to realignment or close bases, the show of support by communities is integral.

“It does show a lot of community support and we’re hoping others will get on board, because it will bring in 50,000 people to the show,” said show organizer Holly Baker of the Youngstown Air Base Community Council.

“It truly is a huge thing for the Valley and we want to encourage people that it’s a for-sure thing. It is going to happen,” she said.