Bethpage Air Show goes on at Jones Beach after weather delay

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-26 20:20:46-04

Jones Beach, LONG ISLAND (PIX11) — Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and barely a bikini in sight.

It was more of a hoodies and sweatpants kind of a beach day at Jones Beach as close to 100,000 people watched the 10th annual Bethpage Air Show.

“We tried to sit on the beach,” Kristina Karaiskos told PIX 11, holding her six-year-old son Dante’s hand, “but the sand kept getting in our eyes. It was immensely windy.”

So windy in fact that the Geico Skytypers couldn’t do their usual writing in the clouds and the Misty Blue all-female skydiving team was grounded.

“We’re the only female performers,” Cindy Irish of Misty Blue said, “and I wanted to land on the beach so we are extremely disappointed.”

While sequester cuts took the military out of the Jones Beach air show, there was still a way to honor our vets.

Kevin Farrell was serenaded by American Legion bagpipers. “It brings back lots of old memories,” Farrell said. “A good way to honor vets on Memorial Day, past present and future.”

The beach was only a quarter as full compared to last year, all because of the weather, still the United Way was hoping to raise $20 thousand for super storm Sandy relief efforts.

Vendors of funnel cakes, Zeppoles and fried Oreos were just glad to be back in business after yesterday’s washout.

“Everybody wants corn today,” Tom O’Neill of Bayside Corn said. “Nobody wants lemonade, it’s just not hot enough.”