As summer winds down, we once again say good-bye to YVR’s Take-Off Fridays. Starting in July, every Friday the airport was transformed into a summer party enjoyed by travellers and the community alike.
Live DJ’s pumped up travellers’ energy levels and created many impromptu dance parties, while face painters, caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots and magicians wowed the crowds. Throughout the terminal, live vocal artists and bands entertained people as they happily sat and enjoyed $10 lunch specials.
New this year, we introduced a very popular airside ballet, preformed by YVR’s Emergency Response Services Team (ERS). Every Friday at 11 a.m., visible from the Observation Area in the Domestic Terminal, emergency response trucks and runway maintenance vehicles showed off for the crowd while the ERS crew explained the function of the vehicles. The water arch, created by two OshKosh Striker trucks always produced the loudest oohs and ahhs from the children, while the firefighting equipment on display catered to the big kid in all of us.
Once again, visitors were encouraged to enter the grand prize draw, a behind the scenes tour of YVR, $250 YVR bucks to spend at the airport, plus one night accommodation courtesy of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. This year’s winner is Fiona Fung of Richmond BC who came out to pick up family members at that airport.
Take-Off Fridays started in 2010 as a way to continue the magic and celebrations experienced at the airport during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Tremendous feedback from the community and success by our retailers made a surefire event to include in the 2011 summer calendar. Check www.yvr.ca for any upcoming events at YVR.