September 10, 2017 1:08 pm

Garrison Kingston Family Fun Fest kicks off with air show and free activities

Annual event kicks off with air show and free activities for all ages

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The Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds were flying high in Kingston for the first time in six years as part of one of the main events at the Garrison Kingston Family Fun Fest.

Fun Fest is an annual event geared towards celebrating the military community and it all takes place on CFB Kingston grounds.

“To thank them for the sacrifices that they make and support our members that are deployed all over the world and domestically and honour their commitment as well,” said Frank Cleysen, a festival co-organizer.

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There’s an indoor play zone for the young ones and outdoors there’s free activities for all ages.

“This is fantastic. We’ve only been here 10 minutes and they’ve already had their face painted. They’re getting to see what Uncle Dan does for a living. We’re very stoked,” said Andrew Lake, visiting from Kemptville.

The public can step into the front seat of some heavy duty machinery like special aircrafts or armoured vehicles.

“I had never been in a tank before. And I like the gun on the top,” said 8-year-old Nigel.

Robert Anderson is in the infantry trade with the Princess of Wales Own Regiment based out of Kingston. For Fun Fest he is stationed at the weapon display table, showing what would be used on the front lines of the battlefield.

“One of the more dangerous of the trades. We are one of the combat arms trades. So our job is the fighting,” admits Robert Anderson.

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Event goers can can try on personal equipment that a soldier would carry like a heavy fragmentation vest or rucksack that can be anywhere from 50 to 80 pounds.

The Garrison Kingston Family Fun Fest continues until Sunday at 11 Navy Way.

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