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200-Drone Light Show coming to Babe Ruth World Series August 14 in Williston

Posted: May 23 2022

Williston, ND - Williston’s first drone light show is coming to town on Sunday, August
14th! The 200-drone light show will be held in conjunction with the 2022 14-Year-Old
Babe Ruth World Series. The show is sponsored by the Babe Ruth World Series
(BRWS) Committee, TrainND Northwest, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau
(CVB) and Williston Economic Development (WED).
Firefly Drone Shows of Detroit, Michigan, will put on the event. The show will begin
at dusk on August 14th. BRWS organizers said the baseball tournament and drone
show will help showcase the innovations in the Williston area.
“I think the biggest thing is to showcase our area to the rest of the world and show
them what we do up here and what we have to offer,” said Larry Grondahl, BRWS
Committee. “That’s the big thing we want to do, showcase our community, show
them our facilities, we think our facilities are second to none, and what impresses
everybody the most when they come here is the community support that we get.”
The drone light show is being coordinated by Kenley Nebeker, Regional Director of
TrainND Northwest. Nebeker is working with Firefly Drone Shows to create awareness
about Williston’s progress in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
“TrainND’s focus is training the people who will provide the workforce for the UAS
industry in the future,” Nebeker said. “It’s going to be an absolute explosion. When
it hits, it is going to hit hard. What we are trying to do is provide the training needed
so people can be skilled and safe with them (drones).”
The drone light show will be held following the completion of the host team’s second
game in the BRWS. Williston will take the field at 8 p.m. at Aafedt Stadium on Sunday,
August 14th. Spectators will be able to see the drone light show from Aafedt Stadium
and the surrounding area.
Until recently, drone shows of this caliber were limited to major events such as the
Olympics and Super Bowl. WED and the CVB contributed funding to the show to
highlight Williston’s advancements in UAS and treat visitors and residents to a unique
“Even though we are a town of 30,000, we do big things,” said Shawn Wenko, WED
executive director, Shawn Wenko. “You don’t have a tournament like this happen
everywhere in North Dakota. You don’t have a drone show of this caliber everywhere
in North Dakota. We are trying to get out in front of UAS commercial development in
Williston and this is one way to showcase our abilities for small package delivery and
monitoring systems.”
The 2022 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series will be held August 13th through 20th
at Aafedt Stadium in Williston. For more information visit