Tractor show highlights Father’s Day activities

It’s tractor time as the Vintage Machinery Society presents its Father’s Day Tractor Show at the BC Forest Discovery Centre.

It’s tractor time as the Vintage Machinery Society presents its Father’s Day Tractor Show at the BC Forest Discovery Centre.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 and the centre is offering a special admission rate of only $3 each for fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, when accompanied by their children.

The event is free if you have a 2016 membership.

The museum is open both days from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Samson, the 106-year-old steam train, running every half-hour from the train station.

Heritage sawmill displays will be held on the Saturday only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, there are tractor parades at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the popular slow tractor race to follow at 1:30 p.m. and awards presentations at 2 p.m.

The centre’s famous barbecue burgers will be available at the lower concession — right near the tractor action — and this year, there will also be mini donuts and cotton candy available as well.

Each year, the show attracts vintage tractors from not only the Cowichan region but also from other Vancouver Island Vintage Machinery Clubs.

“Everyone with old tractors is invited to the museum. This year we’re expecting tractors from Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River, and the event continues to grow every year,” said Geoff Hopps, event organizer.

Centre manager Chris Gale and his team are always trying to make visits to the facility even more fun and this year’s Father’s Day show is no exception.

“This year, Home Depot has once again made our Father’s Day even more special with their generous participation in the Father’s Day Gift Building Event,” he said.

“Kids will be able to build a Home Depot sponsored ‘Build Dad a Gift’ project. There a few different kids projects to choose from, but there is only one project per family to be built while supplies last.

“It’s a fun team-building project for the whole family.

“At the BC Forest Discovery Centre it’s our local residents and members who play the biggest role in supporting the museum through their repeat visits and attending our special events. It’s why our memberships are such a great value both through family and our corporate memberships,” Gale said.

For information on this event and others at the centre, call 250-715-1113 or visit the website at www.bcforestdiscoverycentre.com.