The 153rd Cowichan Exhibition, held Sept. 18-19, was a success according to organizers.
Shari Paterson, the exhibition’s executive director, said the number of people attending the two-day event this year was down compared to 2019 and previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the exhibition’s organizers knew that was to be expected.
“We certainly weren’t disappointed and we’re thrilled with the amount of people who attended on Saturday, despite having to battle small patches of rain from time to time,” she said while working with crews to clean the exhibition grounds up on Tuesday.
“There were fewer people on Sunday than Saturday, but we were happy with what we got. It was a nice outdoor event and people just wanted to see other people after what they’ve been through during the pandemic. They felt safe here and were happy to have fun with family and friends. I’m glad we moved forward with it and I hope we never have to deal with COVID-19 again in future years at the Exhibition.”
The Cowichan Exhibition is a long-standing family tradition in the Valley that is usually held at the end of every summer at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds.
It was curtailed in 2020 and this year due to the pandemic, but not cancelled.
Paterson said the ever-popular carnival, which offered lots of rides and entertainment for the young and young at heart during the Exhibition, opened on Sept. 16 and was fairly busy on that day, but inclement and rainy weather on Sept. 17 saw it close for the day.
The carnival was open and well attended on Saturday and Sunday after the weather cleared somewhat.
“Everything ran as smooth as pie at the Exhibition this year,” Paterson said.
“We look forward to seeing everyone at the 154th Cowichan Exhibition next year.”