The Snowbirds will be back in the sky over Kelowna next month.
The Royal Canadian Airforce’s aerial acrobatics team will present its full 35-minute show— the same one presented at airshows across North America—over Okanagan Lake starting at 4 p.m. on Aug. 1.
While the aerial manoeuvres will be seen from just about anywhere on the downtown lakeshore, or across the lake on the Westside, the best vantage point is expected to be Waterfront Park, say organizers.
The famed flyers, who performed here last summer in support of the Rotary Club, have added the Kelowna stop to their 2012 schedule as part of their support for the CHILD Foundation, an organization that raises money for children with intestinal and liver diseases.
The Snowbirds have been official ambassadors of the Child Foundation for the last 10 years.
According to event chairwoman Lisa Merrick, in addition to the public show, there will be two invite-only events, a luncheon for children who suffer from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other liver disorders and their parents at Kelowna Flightcraft at the airport on July 31 when the Snowbirds arrive.
In addition to lunch, the children will get to meet the pilots, ask them questions and will be taken out onto the tarmac to get an up-close look at the planes.
Following the Aug. 1 show, an invite-only dinner for VIPs and sponsors of the event will take place at the Delta Grand Hotel.
Unlike previous visits, there will not be public, fundraising gala dinner with the pilots. There will, however, be other ways that the public can support the CHILD Foundation. A raffle will be held during the airshow featuring a top prize of two tickets to anywhere Westjet flies and souvenir Snowbirds t-shirts will be sold for a minimum donation of $5 each. The raffle tickets will only be available from three tents set up in Waterfront Park. The sale of tickets will start at noon on Aug. 1.
The Snowbird team, which this year will celebrate its 41st year, perform an average of 70 shows at 50 different locations across North America, each year.
This year the team will perform across Canada, as well as in Texas, Florida and Minnesota.
Its pilots fly Tudor training jets in nine-plane formations, at times flying as close as four feet from each other. Flying at between 185 kilometres per hour and 590 kilometres per hour, the team performs as many as 50 manoeuvres during their shows.