"Spirit in the Sky" - Snowbirds
The previous Snowbirds Air show took place off Clover Point on Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 1:50pm to 2:30pm. Seaside festival activities along Dallas Road started at noon. Approximately 25,000 spectators attended. Dallas Road was closed to vehicular traffic from Cook Street east to Memorial Crescent from noon until 3:30pm. Traffic was controlled on Dallas from Mile Zero to Cook Street. Transit ran a continuous bus loop (2 busses) along Cook, May, Memorial and Fairfield. A marine "show box" of 1 nautical mile X .5 nautical mile was enforced off the shore of Clover Point, extending west.
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (Units 33 and 35) were on scene and placed buoys to mark the perimeter, which was secured by VCP MRU, along with boats from the RCMP. The "Fire Brand" and the Victoria Fire vessel were on scene to sit on the center line and provide the aircraft with orientation points inside the show box. Background This event was held at this location in 2003 and was hosted in Oak Bay in 2005. It has drawn tens of thousands of viewers to these areas.
The exclusionary zone employed in 2003 was duplicated in 2008 as it worked to mitigate the traffic gridlock experienced at this same location in 2002. The Spirit Committee, in cooperation with a contract event organizer (Alice Bacon - Spirit Coordinator COV), collaborated with Community Living (and their contract event liaison Heidi Barlow-Lee) to manage event related site infrastructure (tents, toilets and sound etc) raised funds mainly through concession sales, and coordinated roving performers, hands-on activities for kids, face painting and a musical simulcast. Snowbirds show coordinator Capt. Steve Thompson, Bruce Carter, John Miller (was instrumental in organizing the Snowbirds / DND end of things) worked closely with Jeff Day, Alice Bacon and Heidi Barlow-Lee to plan and execute the event. The show was one of a series of events celebrating the provincial capital's 150th .