In 2010, a one day airshow was produced in 8 short weeks after the Quesnel Flying Club decided to upscale their traditional Airport Appreciation Day. In that same year, the Quesnel SkyFest Society (a non-profit society) was formed and a few of the original airshow founding members continued on as directors of the new society. The objective of the new society was to promote aviation tourism, promote the community and region of Quesnel, and produce a bi-annual airshow. In 2012, a two-day show was put on in order to learn more about the process in preparation for the 2013 show where the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 were scheduled to perform. Despite hiring a stellar lineup of civilian aerobatic performers, attendance in 2012 was low and the Society found themselves in a negative position when the show was over. The Society directors felt that it was a matter of educating the public about the attractiveness of airshows as a family event. So they continued to plan for the 2013 show and put together another top notch program of some of the industry’s top civilian aerobatic performers. Their determination paid off and the 2013 and 2015 shows were a huge success. The directors learned more about putting on a successful show and the public learned that attending airshows can be a great way to spend a weekend for the whole family. 2019 brings new challenges and a much larger fan base. The organizers are excited to bring another great show to Quesnel in 2019.
We will continue to work at our goal of creating a destination event by attempting to work with other community groups to give the out-of-town and local airshow attendees other fun events to attend over the weekend, thus adding to the air show’s broad public appeal.
Recent meetings with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, confirm that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team will attend our show in August and will remain in Quesnel no less than 6 days. They will be available to attend some pre-arranged events, make presentations and meet with our local cadets and veterans.
Although the air show only lasts for three days, the military pilots and crews will be in Quesnel for 6 days and the civilian performers for 4 days. Organized events that the community can enjoy and benefit from will take place on most of these days.
Linda the Giraffe began her career working as an ornament at the Billy Barker Casino Hotel in Quesnel. Longing for adventure, she ran off with the CF-18 Demo Team after the 2013 airshow.
She toured the country with the crew going from airshow to airshow for two years, sending pictures back home to keep the folks up to date with her adventures.
Linda travelled all over Canada, North America and even overseas. (She boarded a C130 Hercules and traveled abroad to Kabul, Afghanistan.)
She hung out with Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield and dipped her toe in the Atlantic Ocean. On the west coast she helped park the jet in Abbotsford, and became part of the CF-18 selfie club in 2014.
If you look carefully, you will see the bullet hole in her flank that she received in Texas. She was wounded while on duty.
She has flown in many different types of military aircraft including C130 Hercules, the Voodoo and F-16.
Linda travelled with the CF-18 Demo Team for the remainder of the 2013 airshow circuit, all airshows in 2014, and part of the 2015 season before the team returned Linda to her hometown airshow, Quesnel SkyFest 2015.
Everywhere Linda the Giraffe went, she received another sticker or pin until she was covered head to toe.
SkyFest was so impressed by her commitment to aviation, that we have included her in our logo. You will see her peeking up from the trees to watch one of her beloved planes perform a loop!
Linda loves people to take a picture with her and post it on their social media. Just make sure to Tag her and use #LindaSelfieClub
We are currently compiling a list of frequently asked questions for the 2019 show.
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If you have any questions in the meantime, please drop us a line via email or through our facebook!
See stunning photos from past events