Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow will buzz the fields of Central Saanich this summer after a one-year hiatus.
“We’re back in the saddle,” said organizer Mike Scholefield. “We’re hoping to have a couple new novelty things, but generally it will be similar to past years.”
Previous antics of the radio controlled aircraft included Snoopy atop his doghouse battling the Bloody Red Baron and a flying lawnmower.
In 2010 the show put on by the Victoria Radio Controlled Modelers Society celebrated 10 years of raising funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and Santas Anonymous.
“It keeps our awareness of what the club is and what the club does for charities in people’s minds,” Scholefield said. “We get to have fun for the two days and get to play with our toys and show off the models to the public. But the best part is being able to do something worthwhile for our community by raising funds and donating to the two charities.”
Last year, Mark Byrne was one of four Canadians who travelled to Indiana for FAI World Championship, competing against some 90 other pilots in an event dubbed the Olympics for model aircraft owners. Unfortunately he was the key organizer of the air show and with no one able to step in, the 2011 show was cancelled.
“It’s good to be back. The cause is what’s important,” Scholefield said.
Since its inception in 2000, the event has raised more than $140,000 divided equally between Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and Santas Anonymous.
“We’re thrilled that the air show is coming back,” said foundation president Lorne Jack. “It’s a wonderful community event, we love participating in it and the organizers have always been extremely generous.”
Organizers estimate an average 4,000 to 5,000 people come out for the Central Saanich show. They provide a fair atmosphere adding static displays, face painting, concession and balloons to the air acrobatics.
“Admission is by donation, and we encourage people to come out with their family to enjoy the day,” Scholefield said. Victoria’s Largest Little Air Show will be held at Michell Airfield on Lochside Drive, east off of Island View Road. Shows are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug.11 and 12.
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