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Duncan Days returns to the heart of downtown on July 12

Shopping, parades, live music, oh my! Duncan Days adds an extra day this year for even more family friendly fun

Good times galore will be pumping through the heart of downtown from July 12 to 14 as the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area brings back Duncan Days, this year with an extra day of vibrant energy and excitement. 

"It's incredibly exciting and heartwarming to bring Duncan Days back to the heart of downtown Duncan," said DDBIA executive director Katherine Devine. "This year it truly feels like a community effort, with our downtown businesses pitching in to make this event possible. The collective effort of so many has brought a sense of joy and anticipation that we're thrilled to share with everyone. We can't wait to see the streets filled with smiling faces and a buzzing atmosphere."

It will be three days of non-stop fun. Attendees can shop til they drop on Friday as business owners take their goods to the streets with a classic sidewalk sale. On Saturday there will be dancing in the streets with a jam-packed lineup of programming featuring various activities, demonstrations, and live performances. The vibrant Duncan Farmers Market will get underway in City Square at 9 a.m., followed by the Grande Parade at 10 a.m., and a diverse lineup of activities and performances throughout the downtown core.

"From the exciting 'The Price is Right Challenge' to the dynamic dance performances and the thrill of the mechanical bull, there's something for everyone," said Devine. "My favourite part about organizing Duncan Days is witnessing the community come together and seeing the joy it brings to everyone. This year, seeing the downtown businesses collaborate and contribute to the event has been particularly rewarding. It's a testament to the strength and spirit of our community. The excitement and happiness that fill the air during Duncan Days make all the hard work worthwhile."

Art enthusiasts won't just be thrilled to find an under $100 art sale at Excellent Frameworks but can also marvel at a chalk art installation by the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. Foodies can indulge in crepe decorating at Ironworks Cafe while live music fills the air courtesy of Craig Street Brew Pub, the Elks beer garden, plus three Tattoo Pipe Bands will play the Merit Furniture parking lot, while 39 Days of July has lots of sounds to offer at Charles Hoey Park. Attendees can also visit the Psychic Fair at Wishes, watch performances by Warmland Dance and even witness a roller derby demonstration. Plus there will be mini-golf, giant pong, and a formal adult corn hole tournament.

On Sunday rev up for a good time on the last of the Duncan Days with live music from Tropic Mayhem, the Downtown Duncan Motorcycle Show and Shine, and the Duncan Elks Club Open Car Show which is sponsored by Ironworks Café and Crêperie. Riders will be once again collecting cash donations and toys to benefit Helmet Head Canada and the Cowichan Independent Living and Resource Centre. 

"I hope that first-timers feel a warm welcome and get a true sense of the vibrant and inclusive spirit of our downtown community," said Devine. "For returning attendees, I hope they discover new experiences and continue to appreciate the tradition and innovation we bring each year. Ultimately, I want everyone to leave with cherished memories, a sense of connection, and excitement for next year's Duncan Days. We aim to create moments of joy and togetherness that will be remembered fondly by all."

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