Students from the Alberni Valley Museum Heritage Fair tour the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Friady, May 3, 2019. LORETTA PARKINSON PHOTO

Alberni Heritage Fair students visit regional airport

Public can view, vote on exhibits at Echo Centre on Saturday, May 4

The Alberni Valley Museum’s 17th annual Regional Heritage Fair takes place this Saturday, May 4 at Echo Centre.

Students participating in the fair presented their exhibits to volunteer judges on Friday, enjoyed demonstrations from the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society and a tour of the Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ships exhibit at the museum in the morning. They were then bused to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport for a tour of the airport and Coulson Aviation.

The Alberni Flying Club’s Bill Cove invited some pilots from out of town to fly into the airport and speak with the students, and Skydive Vancouver Island from Qualicum Beach had some of their skydivers jump from a plane and land at the airport’s infield for the kids to watch.

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns spoke at the fair’s opening ceremony of the importance of acknowledging Canada’s heritage, and commended the students for the work they did on their exhibits.

This was the first time an MP has attended the Heritage Fair, and the first time students have toured the airport, acting museum manager Shelley Harding said.

The public is welcome to see the students’ work at Echo Centre on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards and medals will be presented to winning exhibitors at 1 p.m. Awards include a students’ choice and public’s choice.

Watch for a list of winners at

(Airport photos courtesy Loretta Parkinson, Alberni Flying Club)

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: Giant Book Sale has new date, new location

Book sale will take place in November at Alberni Athletic Hall

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Yukon writer reads at virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire

Joanna Lilley will make her appearance on May 27

Port Alberni gift card site kickstarts post-COVID-19 economy

City, chamber of commerce collaborate on novel ‘shop local’ plan

Broombusters will clean up the greenery at Canal Waterfront Park

Volunteers are needed for Friday morning, May 22 to help cut down invasive plants

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read