BRANTFORD – Excitement is usually in the air during the week leading to the last long weekend of the summer at the Brantford Municipal Airport as the venue hosts the annual airshow.
This year, there are no long lines of traffic surrounding the airport, no roar of jet engines, and a very empty tarmac as this year’s event was grounded due to the pandemic.
President of the Rotary Club of Brantford, Mike Mears, says the Community Charity Airshow is one of the largest fundraisers each year for both the Rotary Club and the Warplane Heritage Museum, with close to $40 thousand raised in 2019. Last summer’s event also drew a record crowd. Organizers had to turn people away at the gate by 1 PM due to a lack of parking.
President and CEO of the Candian Warplane Heritage Museum, Dave Rohrer, says while the museum has only been a partner in the event for four years, it has been a long-standing part of the annual airshow.
Brantford’s airshow is one of the community’s largest special events, attracting up to 15 thousand spectators each year, but organizers are hoping it will take flight again in August of 2021.