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Modelfest organizers on cloud nine after great show

Jennifer Pawluk
The Modelfest airstrip during the show off Minerva Road southwest of Gimli Aug. 14. Photo by Jennifer Pawluk.

The Modelfest airstrip during the show off Minerva Road southwest of Gimli Aug. 14. Photo by Jennifer Pawluk.

After being rained out the last couple of years, the Gimli Modelfest came back bigger than ever with record attendance at last weekend's event.

Created in 2004, Gimli Modelfest promotes radio-control modelling as a hobby, as well as local tourism.

From Aug. 12 to 14, more than 1,500 people stopped by Modelfest.

About 100 pilots spent last week demoing their models at the Interlake Radio Control Model Club's airfield off Minerva Road southwest of Gimli. Events, involving more than 200 aircraft, included "fun flies" and displays, a dinner Saturday night catered by

Danny's Whole Hog followed by live, local music, as well as some night flying. One of the event sponsors brought in a pilot from Italy who put on a nighttime demo.

On Friday, the City of Winnipeg's Summer Escape Program brought out 130 children and 30 adults for an airshow preview around noon.

Sunday afternoon, the crowds came out for the main event; a three-hour airshow.

Mayor Lynn Greenberg brought greetings, O Canada was sung, and a model airplane towed a banner to open the show.

"The airshow had every imaginable flying machine you could think of," said Modelfest president, Todd "Turbine" Shulba, in an email. Some of the highlights included a flying lawnmower and Snoopy dog house, as well as crafts that dropped candy over the viewing area.

Children 12 and under took part in guess the speed and altitude of the jet contests; winners received a small, radio-controlled model aircraft.

The Kiwanis Club of Gimli ran a canteen during the event, while the Gimli Art Club volunteered at the gate collecting admission. Modelfest made a donation to the art club as thanks for the support.

Up next for the Interlake Radio Control Model Club is "Warbirds Over Gimli" on Sept. 24 and 25. The event is free to the public.



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