Early warning to Penticton boaters: obey rules or air show will be cancelled

The Snowbirds are scheduled to fly over Penticton Aug. 5, if boaters follow the rules.
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PENTICTON - As preparations get underway for the return of Canada’s premier aerial aerobatic team to Penticton, boaters are being warned to obey the rules or lose the show.

The committee overseeing the performance of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team, which will be in Penticton Aug. 5, is advising boaters wishing to view the show from the lake that more work is being done to ensure water space at the south end of Okanagan Lake will be marshalled off to spectators and watercraft this year.

Belligerent boaters who refused to move almost resulted in the cancellation of the 2013 performance, and this year’s committee is sending an early warning to boaters to stay out of the designated areas, or the show will be cancelled this time around.

The last time the team performed in Penticton was 2013.  A scheduled performance in 2011 was cancelled, and prior to that the team last performed over the city in 2008.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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