Stormy forecast grounds Wings & Wheels’ Saturday; Friday events still on

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Due to this weekend’s stormy forecast, Saturday’s events and activities at Wings & Wheels are cancelled, but Friday’s show will go on – including the return of the Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute at the dinner show at the Delaware Coastal Airport.

GEORGETOWN – Aviation Education Day and Friday night’s dinner show are still on but this Saturday’s segment of the 2015 Wings & Wheels festival is cancelled due to stormy conditions in the weekend forecast.

In what was a most difficult decision, organizers decided Wednesday to cancel Saturday’s schedule as well as the built-in next-day rain date.

“Because of reports of severe rains and winds expected from the tropical storm headed our way, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel 2015 Wings & Wheels on Saturday, Oct. 3,” Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Duffield announced in a release Wednesday afternoon. “There will be no Sunday rain date.”

Ms. Duffield said organizers are moving forward with Friday’s events at the Delaware Coastal Airport: Aviation Education Expo Day and the Wings & Wheels Dinner & Show.

Friday night’s dinner show in an airport hangar will feature Big Band era music by Smooth Sound and the Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute, which was a huge hit at last year’s event.

“We are making every effort to make these programs as safe and as comfortable as possible for those who attend, and look forward to a delicious dinner and fabulous entertainment!” said Ms. Duffield.

Potential tropical storm/hurricane conditions loom in the weekend forecast, with the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region possibly lying in Hurricane Joaquin’s path.

“Of course, we are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel this great festival on Saturday, but the safety of our guests, our vendors and all our volunteers and participants is our primary concern,” Ms. Duffield stated in the release. “Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you next year!”

Especially disappointing is that Lt. Col. Dick Cole, a two-time special Wings & Wheels guest in 2013 and 2014, will not make a third trip this year. Lt. Col. Cole, who turned 100 years old earlier in September, was Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the Doolittle Raiders’ 1942 bombing raid on Japan.

“Dick Cole will not be here,” said Wings & Wheels chairwoman Linda Price. “He regrettably contacted us last (Tuesday) night to cancel due to weather.”

For further details on Wings & Wheels call 856-1544 or visit www.wings-wheels.com.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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