Gateway Gazette

Pilots and Parachutes Picnic in George Lane Memorial Park

High River, AB: High River residents have the opportunity to meet the stars of the High River Regional Air Show including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF18 Hornet Pilots and the SkyHawks parachute demonstration team at a “Pilots and Parachutes Picnic in the Park” event. The picnic will take place on Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 to 8 pm at George Lane Memorial Park.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the residents of High River. Not only are we hosting an air show of this calibre at our regional airport but residents are able to meet and chat with the stars of the show. This is an incredible honour and opportunity,” says Dayna Dickens, business and tourism development coordinator for the Town of High River.

“We are very excited to be coming to High River in July for an outstanding show,” said Captain Thomas Edelson, the squadron public affairs officer. “It is quite rare that a show hosts all three demonstration teams and we are looking forward to our time in Alberta.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their friends and families and pack or pick up a picnic. Numerous businesses and restaurants around town are offering a “picnic in a box” that can be purchased on the way to the Park. Participating vendors include:

*Boston Pizza

*Dairy Queen

*Golden National Restaurant

*Highwood Natural Foods

*The Hitchin Post

*Picassos

*Royal Canadian Legion

*Snack Shack

*Sobeys

*Taco Time

*Tim Horton’s

Snowbird merchandise and Air Show tickets (if still available) will also be available for purchase at the picnic.

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and bug spray. For more information and updates regarding participating restaurants and businesses that are prepared to offer the “picnic in a box”, visit www.highrivertourism.com.

George Lane Memorial Park will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 1 pm on July 22.

Airshow Tickets – Update

Advance half-price tickets are now on sale exclusively in High River Sobeys, Museum of the Highwood, Town office and the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex until July 22. Any remaining tickets will be sold full-price on July 23 at the above locations. There will no longer be tickets sold at the gate. If guests choose to drive to the High River regional airport – they need to have purchased their parking pass from the above locations in advance.

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