EAA AirVenture canceled over COVID-19 concerns

OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- The world's largest fly-in convention held each summer in Oshkosh has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

EAA AirVenture organizers cite the health and safety of participants and volunteers and uncertainty about current and future policies for mass gatherings.

“We looked at every possibility over the past six weeks as to how EAA could move forward with AirVenture this year, because it is such an important reunion for the aviation community,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board in a statement. “The current status in Wisconsin is that it is still under a stay at home order until May 26, which completely eliminates our ability to start grounds preparation May 1. The reopening of the state also has no specific dates, creating uncertainty about mass gatherings in July. Ultimately, preserving the health and safety of all who would attend – and all the varying guidelines between states and countries from where our participants arrive – along with the massive commitments needed now for an event to meet EAA’s high standards, made cancellation the only option for this year.”

All pre-sale admissions and camping reservations can be rolled over to 2021 or refunded. EAA staff will contact those who have made reservations within the next two weeks.

EAA AirVenture has a massive economic impact in the counties of Winnebago, Outagamie, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Brown. It's estimated the fly-in accounts for a $170 million boost to the area.

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