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Bushplane Days fundraiser takes flight this weekend

Barney the purple dinosaur, carnival-style games, inflatables and mini-putt among highlights for the kids at 28th annual event

The yearly fundraiser for the Sault's bushplane museum touches down this weekend with something for everyone.

There will be live performers, films, games, movies and more to keep the fun in flight this Saturday and Sunday.

Further details, including hours and ticket information, can be found in the following news release from organizers:

Bushplane Days, the annual fundraiser for the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, returns this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17.

A family friendly, weekend-long event filled with activity and excitement, Bushplane Days aims to raise $30,000 for the Bushplane Museum.

Bushplane Days 2023 features returning favourites such as mini-train rides as well as many new entertainers and activities.

Two stages feature live entertainers throughout the day.

The Main Stage, sponsored by the PUC, opens with the Gael Force Pipe Band.

Live bands The Sidekicks and Flathead Ford will have you dancing throughout the day with your favourite rock tunes.

The Children’s Entertainment Stage opens with a performance from Barney the purple dinosaur, and continues with stories, magic, bugs and a Disney sing-along.

Carnival-style fun includes mini-train rides, four inflatables, carnival games, mini putt and more. Barney will be visiting throughout the afternoon each day.

Guests can get up-close with bugs at Entomica Insectarium or try one of their crafts or the cockroach races.

Other activities include Lego builds with the Brickspace, visiting the snowplow simulator with Ledcor, a fire truck from Sault Fire Services (Saturday only), corn hole with the Sault Greyhounds, colouring, crafts and much more.

There will also be showings of Disney’s Planes and Planes: Search & Rescue, as well as the Bushplane’s award-winning film Wildfires daily.

The Creative Corner includes caricatures by Darren Emond, balloon figures with the Balloon Lady and face painting with Perfectly Painted. While Creative Corner activities are not included in admission, you’ll still be supporting the Bushplane when you support these local businesses.

The Hungry Beaver Café & Bar will feature a barbecue, snacks, cotton candy, popcorn and more.

Bushplane Days runs Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment schedules, activities and more can be found at

Tickets can be purchased online until Sept. 15 at 11:30 p.m. at Tickets are also available at the door both days. 

A big thank you to our sponsors for helping us put together this fun community event: PUC Services, Ledcor, Opala Law, Sleep Inn, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp., Kadex Aero Supply, Final Touch, Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront, Lyons Timbermart, The Grand Gardens, APR Welding Academy and Bins Ahoy.

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