The Canadian national anthem could be heard throughout Okanagan Lake Park on Wednesday when the SkyHawks parachute team touched down in Penticton to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Peach Fest.
It didn’t take long to hear the roars of the crowd, as three sets of demonstrators each performed a 6,000 feet skydive into the park.
The SkyHawks arrived in the South Okanagan on Monday, after appearing in Calgary, Terrace and Fort St. John. The Canadian Forces team showed off their world-class moves in recognition of the beloved festival’s historic birthday.
After spending their morning at YYF Penticton Airport for a community meet-and-greet and 12,500 feet skydive demonstrations, the SkyHawks wrapped up their Okanagan trip with a dazzling 20-minute main event at the park.
The SkyHawks are scheduled to be at the Abbotsford Airshow from Aug. 5 to 7.
After their performance, the “bigger and better than ever” Peach Festival continued with a show from the Black Widow Rope Spinners before Canadian icons Honeymoon Suite took to the stage cheered on by a huge and appreciative crowd.
The SkyHawks, a Peach Fest staple, posed for pictures with members of the public after their main-event performance.
Thursday’s festivities in Penticton include the return of the sandcastle competition at Skaha Lake in the evening and the West Coast Lumberjacks at Okanagan Lake Park.