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UPDATE: Air Show sputters; turnout well below 2011 event

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Excitement filled the air, but the problem was on the ground: Attendance for Thunder in the Valley was down significantly from the last show three years ago.

About 10,000 people were at the Waterloo Regional Airport on Saturday. That's down 75 percent from the same day in 2011.

Air Show Director Chris Harshbarger calls it "a bummer." He said the heat was brutal. It was also a struggle for vendors, he said, noting people don't eat as much when it's hot.

Sunday's turnout was better, but Harshbarger said they're very concerned about revenues.

He also said, despite the lower numbers, the crowd was energized -- and the Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights and other performers put on a fabulous show.

KWWL's Jerry Gallagher contributed to this story

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The big Thunder in the Valley II Air show wrapped up in Waterloo on Sunday at the Waterloo Regional Airport.

The air show features the world famous Air Force Thunderbirds, the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and dozens of other aerial acts.

Kevin Stewart and his grandson have always had a love for planes.

"We've seen the movie airplane and airplane 2 and now we get to see them in the Cedar Valley," said Stewart.

The pair said their favorite part of the air show on Sunday was checking out a Jet Car, which raced an airplane that was high up in the sky.

Organizers of the Thunder in the Valley II Air Show said they expect tens of thousands of people fill the Waterloo Regional Airport this weekend.

Allen Niedert went to the air show with his brother Sunday. They're both Veterans of the Army Air Force and used the show as a way to catch up and check out the planes.

"We're really interested in the jets," Niedert said.

Organizers will not the official number of tickets sold in the coming days.

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