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Canadian Snowbirds pull out of OR Air Show, organizers plan to 'regroup'

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet demonstration team has pulled out of their scheduled appearance at the Oregon International Air Show.

Organizers said it's part of budget cutbacks by the Canadian military. The Snowbirds are canceling all of their scheduled U.S. air show appearances for 2014, while still keeping the majority of their Canadian dates, according to Oregon Air Show organizers.

Organizers of the annual nonprofit event said they will be forced to "examine the financial and logistical realities of trying to organize the event without the Snowbirds' participation."

Judy Willey, president of the Oregon International Air Show, said they need to "regroup" and discuss the possibilities of putting on a show that is entertaining, safe and profitable.

All profits from the show benefit local charities and nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, more than $1.3 million in donations have gone toward the community, according to air show organizers.

Organizers said there is still the potential for participation by the U.S. military.

Last year, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels canceled a scheduled performance at the show due to the sequestration cuts in the U.S. government.

Around 60,000 people attended last year's event, a drop of about 10 percent from the previous two years. Organizers cited the Blue Angels canceling as a reason for the decline in attendance.

This year's show is scheduled for Sept. 19-21 at the Hillsboro Airport.

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