After almost 30 years, an airshow is returning to the Grande Prairie airport this summer. 

The Grande Prairie Regional Air show is not only expected to entertain people in the region but will also act as a fundraiser to support the renovations and expansion of the D Company (D Coy) Armouries building.

“We want to let the public know we’re coming, it’s happening, but we’re just in the early stages, so get excited,” said Devon Potter, Grande Prairie Regional Air show director of social media and advertising.

It will take place on July 27 and 28.

Potter says acts are already being booked including, Geronimo! Skydiving Team, Insanity Jet Car, Jim Hrymack Airshows, Time Flies Airshows, Trevor Rafferty Air Shows and Undaunted Airshows.

Additionally, a show and shine, static displays, freestyle motocross, and a children’s area with bouncy castles and other activities are in the works. 

“We thought this would be a really great opportunity, not only for a fundraiser, but really to bring the community together,” said Potter. 

The Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie decided an air show could be a good fundraising opportunity to help the D Coy Armouries building.

“It’s actually a large addition that we’re going to be adding on to the existing building, as well as renovations within the space itself,” said Potter.

The 76-year-old building requires some maintenance repairs and an expansion for its current user groups. 

The total estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million.

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has already pledged $1.8 million toward the project.

The renovations would include a 12,000-square-foot addition to the building, said Potter.

“​We’re trying to expand the community living room, so providing an easily accessible and inexpensive gathering place for residents to connect, socialize, and host community activities,” she said.

The expansion would include office and storage space for its current user groups, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a kitchen. 

Currently, the club’s main user groups include the Air and Army cadets, Department of Defense Zone Training Officer, YMCA North Programs and Play Zone Summer Camps.

“The project intends to facilitate the expansion of the local youth programs, provide a unique multipurpose space for a multitude of nonprofit activities and help to foster more supportive and socially inclusive communities,” said Potter. 

Tickets for the air show are expected to go on sale in February, and residents are encouraged to check for more information. 

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jan 25, 2024 at 10:14

This item reprinted with permission from   Town & Country News   Beaverlodge, Alberta

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