The Abbotsford International Airshow's 50th celebration was an unqualified success at all levels and had near record attendance, say organizers.
"It was outstanding. The weather was perfect, the show was excellent, the crowds were great and everybody got home safe," said airshow president Ron Price.
Historically, attendance for the airshow sees about 80,000 to 100,000 come through the gates during the three-day event.
Attendance may be up by at least 30 per cent this year, said Price.
"People came out because it was the 50th year and [the airshow] is a great show and it was a great flying program," he said. "The static display was great, too. We had an awful lot of planes for people to see and touch."
Crowds were wowed as usual by the demonstration teams such as the USAF Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces SkyHawks and the iconic CF Canadian Snowbirds.
"The Snowbirds were outstanding as usual. They put on a tremendous show."
The show ran smoothly thanks to tremendous support from its community partners, volunteers and area residents, said Price.
"We also appreciate the huge cooperation we get from the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Airport Authority and its tenants," he said.
"And the local residents put up with a lot of diversions, traffic and noise and we greatly appreciate it."
It's bittersweet to see the 50th anniversary event wrap up, added Price.
"We're happy for the good result, but sad to say goodbye to all our old friends and airshow family when it all has to come down."