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Jasper Air Show Organizer Debbie Foster said on Saturday that a record crowd enjoyed the first day of the 9th annual event. Although the audience wasn't quite as large on Sunday, the show itself was equally as exciting.
Although the numbers aren't in yet, Foster said that just glancing at the crowd on Saturday, it was without a doubt the largest that she has ever seen at the show.
Beautiful weather with mild temperatures helped to bring out the aviation fans, including World War II veteran Monroe Scurlock, of Beaumont, who came to the show with his grandson.
Scurlock served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and he was a gunner in an A-20-B Havoc in the European Theater. Scurlock said that he flew in bombing missions over Italy, and he was very familiar with the T-6 trainer planes at the air show.
As the T-6 Escadrille Team performed overhead, Scurlock said "I know that sound well, that old T-6 sound takes me back (to World War II)".
The great weather on Saturday also brought out a large crowd to the 25th Annual Azalea Festival, which was held on the Jasper County Courthouse Square.