PORT HAWKESBURY: A first for the Strait area will take place Wednesday as Celtic Air Services Ltd. (CASL) hosts the Atlantic Canada International Air Show at the Port Hawkesbury Airport.

“It’s pretty surreal,” said Damian MacInnis, vice president of Celtic Air Services. “We’re caught up in the organization of it all. When it’s all over, when it’s all said and done, I’m sure we’ll be reminiscing and talking about how special it was.

“It’s been an ongoing effort since November of last year. It’s been all out since then.”

The air show will feature a little something for everybody, MacInnis said, but the main event of the day will no doubt be a visit by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Snowbirds, officially known as the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, will be showing off skilled aerobatic manoeuvrings at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to have the Snowbirds as the highlight,” MacInnis said.

In addition to the air show, the Snowbirds also made themselves available for a Soiree with the Snowbirds event which will take place Tuesday night. The event takes place at the Port Hawkesbury Airport, and refreshments will be provided by Authentic Seacoast and the BaRyKin Bistro. All proceeds will go to local volunteer fire departments.

While having the Snowbirds is a very big deal, there will be a great deal of other things going on at the show, MacInnis said.

Static displays of airplanes will be on site, and folks will be able to talk to pilots about their planes, flying, and anything else on their minds. A model plane maker will also be at the airport.

Music will be provided by Eastbound, and four food venders will be serving up a range of different cuisine.

With 2,000 people expected to visit the event – and that doesn’t include volunteers – Strait Area Transit has stepped in to help get people to and from the show.

“Buses will be picking people up at the Civic Centre starting at 3 p.m.,” MacInnis explained.

“That’ll be an option for anyone who doesn’t want to pay for parking. If you’re willing to pay for parking, you can do so onsite or at J.B. Mechanical across from us. We have about 120 parking spots on site and another 200 or so at J.B. Mechanical.

“Strait Area Transit has been a huge help and a sponsor.”

MacInnis explained that four buses will be making regular trips to and from the site. The onsite parking at the airport opens at 3 p.m., and the J.B. Mechanical parking opens at 4 p.m.

Folks are encouraged not to bring pets, as only certified service animals are allowed on site. Designated areas are allowed for smoking, but smoking outside those areas is not permitted. With that, no drones, laser pointers or balloons are allowed.

Littering is strongly discouraged, as any litter can cause foreign object damage to aircraft, possibly resulting in malfunction of an aircraft system or component. People are also asked to keep food and drinks 10 feet or farther away from the aircraft.