Officials behind the Quesnel International Airshow have cancelled this year’s event. SkyFest has fallen victim to the wildfires that are tearing through British Columbia’s interior this summer.
The announcement comes a little more than 24 hours after the announcement of the cancellation of Billy Barker Days in Quesnel. The 44th annual event was scheduled to begin Thursday and run through Sunday.
“The decision is a heavy one to make at this point in time, given the thousands of volunteer hours already put into making this year’s show, one of the biggest and best so far,” said SkyFest President Jerry van Halderen. He added, “A great number of volunteers have been directly or indirectly impacted by the current wildfire situation and yet, have continued to work tirelessly toward hosting yet another successful event.”
Officials say the decision was made in consultation with the City of Quesnel.
SkyFest is held once every two years in Quesnel. It’s not clear whether SkyFest will return next year of in 2019.