The Grande Prairie Regional Airshow is returning for the first time since 1993.
From July 26-28, 2024, pilots will fly high around Grande Prairie to support the D-Coy Community Hub Project to aid with the Rotary Club’s goal of restoring and renovating the D Company Armouries building.
Rotary Club President Bruce Tattrie says with the growth of the Army and Air Cadet corps in Grande Priaire, restoration of the space is essential for the cadets and the community.
“Both squads are growing, so to have the extra space and extra storage as well is a big thing for them,” he says. “We have been sponsoring them for decades, and we’re continuing that, so we want them to have as good of a facility as they can have really, and they are excited.”
The Rotary Club says the total cost of the project is estimated at $3.5 million and $1.8 million has been pledged toward the cause so far.
“I think the guys that give up all their volunteer time, the officers from these programs, will benefit greatly from having such a nice facility, and Grande Prairie will too, it’s not just the air and army cadets, the whole idea is to create a youth-centric hub that several not-for-profits can utilize as well.”
According to Tattrie, the airshow will feature civilian and military performances, and talks with the British RAF Red Arrows and Snow Birds are awaiting confirmation. Additionally, Tattrie says the show will host a static display of specialty aircraft and family activities like face painting, bouncy castles, and live music.