Due to budget cuts, the Air Force has refused to perform flyovers at large community gatherings. They are resuming this year, but only at 450 events. The jets were requested at 5,000. Water Follies will get an F-16 but The Pendleton Round-Up was snubbed.

According to event officials, the criteria for the jets is "national sporting events" and patriotic holiday events." 

The Round-Up is both, Oregon politicians argue. But the Air Force says a sporting event must be on a major TV channel to qualify and the Round-Up event is in conjunction with, but separate from, patriotic holidays.