Defense cuts lead Air Force to cancel OH festival

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Air Force officials in southwest Ohio say a festival that draws tens of thousands of people has been canceled due to funding limits prompted by the automatic defense budget cuts.

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton say the Freedom's Call Tattoo festival scheduled for June 28 won't be held this year. The event that includes flyovers, music and fireworks is held annually on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at the base.

Officials say rules resulting from the budget cuts restrict the use of tax dollars for such things as military air shows, open houses and similar events.

The spending cuts that went into effect March 1 also threaten to ground aircraft and furlough many of the base's civilian employees.