OUR MISSION – To create a unique and interesting, fun family experience by enhancing aviation knowledge and awareness of the armed forces while enriching the economic development and financial health of local business and organizations.
OUR VISION – To inspire passion, interest and education in aviation.
WHO WE ARE – The biennial not for profit AirFest is a successful community event that has been voted Best Airshow in Canada by Airshow Review Magazine. This all-encompassing event attracts more than 10,000 in attendance and show cases local and international aviation experiences. We support our economy by partnering with local businesses and donating to not for profit programs benefiting our communities. We introduce our youth to the aviation industry by inspiring them with hands-on and interactive education displays. We celebrate our Veterans and Canadian Military by providing exclusive viewing and display opportunities along with making donations to beneficial organizations.
CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS – Since 2006, more than $150,000 has been distributed to local nonprofits including: St Thomas Elgin General Hospital, St. John Ambulance, 741 St Thomas Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Knights of Columbus, Military Family Resource and many more.
The Great Lakes International Airshow AirFest 2022 theme, “An Air Experience To Remember” showcases all that makes St Thomas and Elgin County the community of progress. A unique exciting event that brings a wide variety of aircraft from World War One to modern day, allowing all levels of aviation enthusiasts to partake in a hands-on experience they won’t soon forget.