Plans in works to reschedule Peoria Air Show

By WEEK Producer

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It appears the Peoria Air Show is up in the air. The show's director Friday said the event probably won't take place when its scheduled in June.

A meeting is planned for Monday to firm up details, but Air Show director Brett Krause said he anticipates an announcement that the event, currently set for the weekend of June 8 and 9, will be rescheduled .

"In order to get all the issues worked out we're looking at a possibility of moving the show back to a little bit later in the year," said Krause.

Perhaps as late as the end of August.

Show organizers and sponsors, the cities of Peoria and East Peoria, and the park district are still haggling over the cost of security and clean up for the unprecedented event on the riverfront.

That money, about $42,000 which show promoters are responsible for, was not paid before Friday's deadline.

"The difficulty is that in hard economic times, when you have a budget that doesn't even have a dollar left over for anything, we want to make sure that any expense we have is going to be taken care of and not fall upon the taxpayer," said East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus.

Meanwhile, Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain, who is deeply involved in the negotiations, said there will be an Air Show.

And, he said the deadline for funding those associated expenses is "not so important" because its too important of an event.

"I believe there will be an Air Show and we think it will be great," said Spain. "The ability to do something downtown on our riverfront and have it be a free event for families is really powerful. We think that will bring a lot of people to the community and we think it will be a benefit for those that live here."

Krause was encouraged by Spain's optimism.

"If they're saying there's going to be a show then I'm confident there's going to be a show," responded Krause. "I'm very impressed with the effort that Mr. Spain is putting into this."

Krause admits some Air Show acts that are contracted for June 8-9 may not be available if the show is pushed back. But he says by the same token it may pave the way for some new acts to fill the void.