Algonquin Highlands council confirmed today that the 50th-anniversary celebrations for the Stanhope Municipal Airport have been cancelled.

The cancellation comes after the current airport manager resigned making his final day on the job two days before the celebration. Council felt they had no choice but to cancel because without a manager in place the safety of attendees and pilots alike would be at risk. They also felt putting on an airport celebration without aircraft in the skies was not “an airport celebration.”

The decision was reached unanimously by the council.  Algonquin Highlands Mayor Carol Moffatt proposed the idea of a smaller celebration in the future, assuming they have a new airport manager by then. Although the airport celebration will not be happening, the stilt walker, ice cream truck and Beaver Tail stands are being contacted to attend Heritage Day instead.