Vernon Father’s Day show goes to new heights

A 1959 Ford Thunderbird (owned by Bev Bonner) and  1946 Globe Swift (owned by Rick Scott) will be among the sights at the annual Wings ‘n’ Wheels Father’s Day event at the Vernon Regional Airport Sunday. - photo submitted
A 1959 Ford Thunderbird (owned by Bev Bonner) and 1946 Globe Swift (owned by Rick Scott) will be among the sights at the annual Wings ‘n’ Wheels Father’s Day event at the Vernon Regional Airport Sunday.
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This Father’s Day, families are encouraged to treat their dads to a feast for the eyes with some of the most stunning vehicles of both the ground and sky.

The fourth annual Wings ‘n’ Wheels takes flight at the Vernon Regional Airport Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - rain or shine.

“The kids will look at them and say, ‘Wow, these don’t look anything like the cars today,’” said Marty Armstrong, co-chair of the event which is put on by Silver Star Rotary and the Vernon Flying Club.

Along with an impressive display of wings and wheels, the event, formerly known as the Vernon Airshow, will include activities for every age.

“We’ve expanded it to include kids events so it becomes more of a family thing,” said Armstrong. “Our objective is to drive a family event.”

One of the highlights are free 20 minute flights  for kids aged seven to 17, from the flying club through the COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) Aviation Program.

“They’ll do 120 kids in that period (10 to 1),” said Armstrong, encouraging eager young flyers to come early and sign up early at the airport Sunday.

The younger crowd can look forward to a bouncy castle, face painting, clowns and a performance from award-winning musical entertainer Charlotte Diamond at 1:30 p.m.

Weather permitting and fire forbidding, there will be some stunning sights in the skies with the B.C. Forest Service’s Rap Attack helicopter at 1 p.m.

“They put on a pretty neat display,” said Armstrong. “They drop people out of the helicopter and then they go and pick up some water from the lake and drop it.”

Then at 3:30 p.m., the action hits the ground running with drag racing on the runway.

There will also be Kal Tire mini trucks for cruising around in, a fly-by and departure of the Canadian Armed Forces Cormorant helicopter (2:30), car show awards (3 p.m.) and plenty of eats and treats.

“Everything from lemon twists to two full burger stations,” said Armstrong.

Admission to the event is $5 for kids, $10 for adults or $25 for a family. All of the proceeds benefit organizations, schools, and charities throughout the North Okanagan.

Entry into the car show is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

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There is also a link ( to the event’s online auction, which includes prizes from Silver Star, Predator Ridge, Kal Tire, Sparkling Hill and more.

The auction ends Friday at 9 p.m.


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