The Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration squadron will fly in Penticton again, opening up the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 9.
"What a great way to kick off the 70th anniversary of Peach Festival," said president Don Kendall. "Having this type of a show on opening night, it is going to be incredible."
The local Snowbirds organizing committee chair, Fred Trainor, said not only will Penticton get to enjoy the skill of the Snowbirds, they are bringing along a CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jet and tentatively scheduled to perform are the Skyhawks precision parachute team.
"We will have our mini-air show to kick off Peach Festival, which we have never done before and we are really, really excited," said Trainor.
The last time the Snowbirds performed in Penticton was in 2015. The Skyhawks are expected to open the show at 6 p.m., landing in Okanagan Lake Park. Organizers said the crowd will be able to watch from inside the park, circled around it where the vendors are located and the middle will be cleared out for the parachute team to land. That will be followed by the Snowbirds who fly over Okanagan Lake and then close with the CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jet. Trainor said there will also be a pyrotechnics show that accompanies the CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jet.
Peach Festival's largest supporter Peter's Bros. Construction is sponsoring the air show so, like all entertainment at the festival, it will be free.
Following the air show, Cod Gone Wild will take the main stage opening for Canadian rock band 54:40.
More details about the Snowbirds and the air show will be posted as they become available.