The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will fly back to town this fall for a NOTL museum expansion fundraiser.
The Niagara Historical Society and Museum soars to the skies over Niagara District Airport on Sept. 11.
The Snowbirds' performance will be one of many fundraising events put on by the museum to raise enough money for its upcoming expansion, which is in the early stages of planning.
Cheryl Morris, marketing lead for the museum, said the organization currently lacks proper programming space to accommodate the diverse needs of the community.
Organizers are hoping to raise $20,000 for the expansion, she said.
“By 2025, the museum must have an elevator to meet the new building code standards for accessibility. Also, the museum lacks a fire suppression system and storage space, which is included in the upgrade plans,” Morris added.
The board is meeting to finalize approval of the drawings this Friday and the next step will be capital fundraising, said Amy Klassen, acting managing director of the museum.
Morris said Snowbirds tickets have been on sale since May 1. VIP tickets will only be sold online in advance at www.notlsnowbirds.ca but general admission will be available until the show.
VIP tickets include a seat in a prime vantage point for the show, catered food, two tickets each for beer or wine and non-alcoholic drinks, and an opportunity to meet members of the Snowbirds team.
The event has a similar format to the Snowbirds' visit sponsored by the town in 2017 for the Canada 150 celebration.
“We were sold out. We had 350 people attend (the VIP event). It had a catered dinner and a prime location. The Snowbirds came in and did a meet and greet and took photos with people. It was really great,” Morris said.
Early bird VIP tickets are $90 until Aug. 30, then they will be sold for $100. Early bird VIP youth tickets are $35, rising to $45 after Aug. 30. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.