Peace Regional Air Show president Vicki Lefrancois says this year’s lineup is sure to please the entire family and provide great entertainment for everyone. Emily Plihal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The 2023 Peace Regional Air Show is set to take off on July 22, with performances planned to entertain the whole family.

Peace region residents eagerly await the return of the much-anticipated two-day event July 22-23, with a lineup set to impress all aircraft enthusiasts.

Air Show president Vicki Lefrancois says they’ve organized an event that will provide entertainment for the whole family.

“This year we have people from around the U.S. and Canada coming to provide aerobatic entertainment,” says Lefrancois.

“It’s an exciting event and provides the opportunity to do something really fun in the Peace.”

The two-day event will kick off with a Performers VIP (only) event on July 21, followed by the aerobatic show on Saturday and Sunday available to the public.

“It’s really important that people arrive earlier to get through security in time to see the show,” says Lefrancois.

“Pre-registering and admission payment online can also help them move through quicker.”

The three-hour show begins at 1:30 pm both days, rain or shine, but Lefrancois says their doors open at 10 a.m. to allow people to come and set up early. She says if people require a chair, they are asked to bring their own along with them.

The current show lineup includes Geronimo Skydiving Team that will be dressed up like superheroes when they jump out of the plane. They will also walk through the crowd, so your child may be able to see his/her favourite superhero up close.

Air aerobatics performers include Undaunted Aerobatic, GoEz Aerobatics, Dan Reeves Air Shows, Yellow Thunder, Erickson Collection, and Canso PBY-5A. Fly-Bys will be provided by Forestry Water Bomber, Northern Airspray and Corvette against Plane.

There will also be ground entertainment with Insanity Jet Car, FMX Shows and the Manhattan Dolls.

“Unfortunately, we can no longer accommodate the Snowbirds at our airport because they have new regulations requiring a longer runway,” says Lefrancois, adding that they’ve added a lot of other entertainment to the lineup instead.

“They now require an additional 1,700 feet of runway to accommodate their equipment.”

Food vendors, ice cream and lemonade stands will all be on hand to help you quench your cravings. Some home- based businesses will also be at the event to provide some shopping opportunity. All vendors will provide debit payment options and there will be an ATM at the event.

Bouncy Castles and other children’s entertainment will also be available throughout the weekend.

Lefrancois explains the event is paid by sponsors providing funding and also applying for various grants that come available. The Peace Regional Air Show committee also participates in AGLC casinos every other year. The total cost for the event is around $300,000.

“We’re expecting around 3,000 people to attend the event,” says Lefrancois, explaining that the show is a highlight for the region.

“People are eager to participate in a live event again and it normally brings a lot of people out.”

The public is asked to use the Northern Air entrance, where you will pay for admission and be directed to the show. Please make sure to go early to ensure a great spot.

The airshow committee is also always looking for volunteers to help during the day, if you’d be interested in assisting them, please go to www.peaceregionalairshow.com to sign up.

Emily Plihal Local Journalism Initiative Reporter – South Peace News – southpeacenews.com

By Emily Plihal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 13, 2023 at 12:10

This item reprinted with permission from   South Peace News   High Prairie, Alberta
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