WESTMINSTER - The Westminster Rotary Club will not sponsor a third Labor Day SkySpectacular next year, after losing money on the 1990 venture, club president Arnold L. "Skip" Amass has announced.
After losing $2,373 on this year's show, the club voted last week not to sponsor a third one. The 1989 event, however, enabled the club to donate more than $27,000 in profits to local charities.
Amass declined to say anything further on the decision, and June Poage, wife of the late Jack Poage, who also was instrumental in bringing the air show to Carroll, was unavailable for comment.
Jack Poage, who flew in both air shows, died three weeks after the Labor Day event when his plane crashed in another show in Baltimore County.
The Rotary Club's newsletter, "The Pinion," said the loss was determined after all outstanding bills had been paid. Part of the loss came from $7,000 less in ticket sales than in 1989, the newsletter said.
Other factors contributing to the monetary loss included increased prices for local air acts and the local air corporation, and pyrotechnics and fuel costing twice what was budgeted.
Also, the club did not have rental and motel costs donated and $5,000 was lost on souvenirs alone. Only the concession stands brought in more money than in 1989.