GENESEO –The National Warplane Museum, 3489 Big Tree Lane, is postponing its annual airshow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show, scheduled for July 11 and 12 at the Geneseo Airport, would have been the the museum’s 40th.

Organizers are hoping to be able to schedule a smaller event for later in the fall.

Organizers said with large gatherings being banned, they had no choice but to postpone the event.

“The 2020 Geneseo Airshow was to be our 40th anniversary and we were looking forward to another great event. The decision is driven by the need to protect the health and safety of our communities, and everyone who works hard to make the event a success, as well as the uncertainty of when restrictions barring public gatherings will be lifted,” said National Warplane Museum President Austin Wadsworth.

The airshow, known to many as “The Greatest Show on Turf” - a nod to the museum’s grass airfield - had taken place annually since 1980.

Museum public relations representative Robert Dauer said in a phone interview on Friday that museum officials are trying to organize a similar event, that would be held in September. He said it would not be a traditional airshow.

“We are trying to get together a scaled down version of the event,” Dauer said. “It would not be a traditional airshow but a much smaller event with family activities and at this point we do not event know if there would be any airshow performers.”

Until the ban on large gatherings is lifted, he said, “Everything is kind of up in the air right now.”

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