Organizers hope ticket sales soar for Airdrie regional air show
Monday, May 27, 2013 10:28 am
Following the success of the 2009 and 2011 Airdrie Regional Air Show (ARAS), organizers are gearing up for an even better event this summer.
“Each time you put on an event like this, the goal is to make it bigger and better than the years before,” said Al Jones, director of media relations for the ARAS.
The two-day event takes place July 13 and 14 at the Airdrie Airpark, and has drawn a crowd of about 30,000 spectators in previous years.
“This is by far the biggest event that Airdrie hosts on a regular basis. We draw Air Show enthusiasts from across North America and entertain thousands of Albertans,” said Jones, adding the ARAS Society (ARASS) is aiming for an attendance of 40,000 this year.
Performers in the aerial display include the Royal Canadian Snowbirds and civilian demonstrations by teams like Team Oracle’s Sean D. Tucker, Super Dave Mathieson, John Mraek and Kent Pietsch.
“I know people are going to be wowed by this year’s show,” said Jones, who began securing performers in February.
“I’m very excited for this year’s line up. People’s hearts are going to stop when they see what these guys can do.”
In addition to the avionic acrobats and aerial daredevil stunts, an aviation display will be set up on the grounds to showcase aircraft used in private, corporate and flight training roles throughout Canada and the United States.
“This is just such great family fun at a very affordable price,” said Jones.
The ARASS is encouraging people to buy pre-sale tickets to benefit from the discounted prices.
Jones said the advance ticket sales enables families who might not be able to afford the event at the gate to be able to attend, and acts as a silent advertiser.
“When people buy tickets, they usually tell their friends, families and co-workers about it, which encourages them to come out and join the event as well.”
Money raised through the event is donated to volunteer service groups and local community initiatives in Airdrie. About 300 volunteers helped out with the 2011 event - picking up garbage, helping attendants and recycling bottles - and in return, received “a substantial donation” to their organization, including the Airdrie Junior Forest Wardens and the Adventure Scouts. The ARASS decides the amount donated to each group based on their involvement and specific need.
Jones said one of the goals for this year’s event is to raise attendance, which will generate more money for the service groups in the community.
“We want to support them because they do work really hard.”
Adult tickets are $35 but sell in advance for $25, and children’s tickets are $15 but sell in advance for $10. Advance tickets can be bought at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Airdrie or online at www.airdrieairshow.com