New Cranbrook airshow society holding inaugural meeting Wednesday

The Cranbrook International Airshow is looking for volunteers to join the team bringing an airshow back to the Cranbrook area.

Calling all volunteers! The Cranbrook International Airshow (a new Not for Profit organization) is looking for volunteers to join the team bringing an airshow back to the Cranbrook area.

The first Airshow inaugural meeting is set for October 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Airport Fire Hall (9370 Airport Access Rd, Cranbrook). Volunteers will learn about what it takes to get involved, and available opportunities to join the airshow team.

Darrell Garton, who is helping organizing the airshow, is inviting the public to attend the first inaugural meeting to get involved, have fun and give back to the community.

“We’re looking at bringing an airshow back on a two-year term, starting in 2016,” Garton told the Townsman in an earlier interview.

“We’re proposing a two-day event, with a twilight show in the evening, with the planes doing the fireworks — that kind of thing. Abbottsford just ran their first twilight show this year, and it went over really well. So this is what we’ve been trying to plan for you guys. Fireworks over the mountains, that kind of thing. It should be pretty exciting.”

Garton said that as a not for profit society, if the airshow makes money, all the funds go to pay the bills, with a little bit of reserve in the bank. “Any remaining funds go back to the city — so it will go towards the Air Cadets, the Boys and Girls Club, any of those groups who help out with the event will get some back. So the society doesn’t keep any funds, at the end of the day,” Garton said.

The Cranbrook International Airshow has so been working with the support of the City of Cranbrook and the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

“We’ve been in the planning stage, with the City of Cranbrook and the Airport,” Garton said. “We want to get local people involved. We want to get people coming out who are interested, who want to be on the board, be on the committee, and get input. What people want to see, what people expect.

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