Abbotsford International Airshow officially cancelled for 2020

May 4 2020, 4:01 pm

COVID-19 has forced the grounding of the Abbotsford International Airshow this summer, organizers confirmed Monday.

“It had been our hope that by August, the spread of COVID-19 would be minimized and our event would be able to proceed,” said Jim Reith, president of the Abbotsford International Airshow Society, in a statement.

“We were hopeful that the Airshow could be something positive for the community to look forward to, but it has become clear that preventative health measures such as social distancing are going to continue to be necessary beyond our scheduled event dates.”

Organizers are now looking to make a comeback at Abbotsford International Airport in August 2021.

The 2020 three-day event, scheduled from August 7 to 9, would have been the event’s 62nd year.

Early ticket-holders will have their tickets honoured at the 2021 event or will be provided with the option for a refund.

The annual event typically attracts about 300,000 people throughout its weekend-long run, which has in the past included aerobatic stunts by the Canadian Force Snowbirds, US Air Force Thunderbirds, and various other teams and troupes, as well as ground-level displays of aircraft, interactive exhibits, hot air balloons, craft beer, food trucks, and fireworks.