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Economic Recovery Makes Itself Felt

The usual remark heard in all corners of Wittman Field last week was simply: "What a great show!" From start to finish, spirits were high, and vendors saw brisk traffic. After an opening weekend of heat, humidity and storms, the weather cleared to bright sun and cool breezes, just about ideal, right through Saturday. "Two years ago, GA was, well, there was barely a pulse," said Cirrus spokesperson Kate Dougherty, a veteran of many Oshkoshes. "Then last year, you could feel it coming back, and this year, the pulse is throbbing. The energy is really surging here." Traffic through the Cirrus tent was "incredible," Dougherty said. "Sales have exceeded expectations, and we've got incredibly strong leads. We're very excited."