More than 70,000 came to S.C. Guard Expo last weekend

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It was the first S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo since 2009, and the response was large.

“We estimated 70,000 for the three days,” said SMSgt Edward E. Snyder, of the SCANG. He said the event was considered successful. He gave a wrap-up report on Tuesday. The expo was at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, Friday-through-Saturday.

Snyder said the combination of aircraft and equipment on display, and the airshow, gave the crowd lots to look at. He said the Angels and Heroes presence and the 50-year recognition of Vietnam Veterans added to the attractiveness of the the expo.
Black Hawk and Apache helicopters were another feature.

“It was a cool opportunity to show what we do,” Snyder said. He said it was a chance for members of the public to talk to soldiers and see the equipment they use to do their jobs.

Snyder said preparations were made for as many as 100,000, but some other events, including USC’s graduation and the Rosewood Crawfish Festival, were going on over the weekend. There was some rain on Saturday, too.

Because so many soldiers based at McEntire are deployed so often, Snyder said he did not know when there would be a chance for another expo.