Rain may have cancelled the Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration team air show at the Stratford Municipal Airport on Wednesday. But as any good performer knows, the show must go on.
And that it did in spectacular fashion Thursday.
Organizers estimate a crowd of around 2,500 turned out in the chilly weather to watch the aerobatics display and get an autograph from the team of skilled pilots.
Another 140 people had the chance to speak with a Snowbird at a dinner at the Arden park on Tuesday.
Lesley Spencer-Cooper, of the United Way Perth-Huron, which helped coordinate the Snowbirds' stop in Stratford, said Friday the flight crew couldn't have been nicer and easier to work with, especially given the difficult circumstances with Wednesday's weather. She said the team offered to prolong its stay, putting on hold the pilots' trip home, so that ticket holders wouldn't be disappointed.
"They were unbelievable," she commented. "They couldn't have been more gracious."
Proceeds from the events will be divided amongst the United Way and the local fire and police associations. How much was raised won't be known until next week.