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Members of the Snowbirds fly past our studios on the Waterfront in preparation for the Kite Festival. (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Snowbirds ready to wow crowds

By Adam Riley Jun 2, 2023 | 6:09 PM

The waterfront in Thunder Bay will be a very active place this weekend for the Kite Festival, featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Snowbird 7, Captain Dominic Appolloni says the flyby’s seen this afternoon on the waterfront were part of their preparation for the weekend.

“Just learning the lay of the land, a few of us need ground references for parts of the show. So we need to learn new ground references  at every location we go to. But here in Thunder Bay with the water break and the marina, its a really good show site for us.”

While many will have their eyes fixated on the sky, Appolloni, a two year veteran of the squadron, says there is also lots to do on the ground.

“There is going to be an F-18 cockpit demo for people to check out, and then other than that just the autograph signing we’ll bring some pilots and some technicians over and people are welcome to come, we’d love to see the city of Thunder Bay.”

A key component of the Kite Festival will be the kites themselves, which attendees are more than free to fly, just not when the show is in progress.

Any kites, drones or other flying objects in the air during the Snowbirds’ performance will immediately halt the show.

The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 3rd and 4th, with the airshows scheduled for noon.

A traffic note to be aware of parking is limited in the area, and some streets, including a section of Water Street will be closed for two hours starting at 11:30 a.m. each day.


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