Organizers deem this year’s Cowichan Exhibition a success

Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Families check out the exhibits in Mellor Hall at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Families check out the exhibits in Mellor Hall at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Faith Coverdale’s entry in the Juniors Rainbow Mobile class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibtion. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Faith Coverdale’s entry in the Juniors Rainbow Mobile class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibtion. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Paper plate masks of characters from the Wizard of Oz, following with the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition’s theme of ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road.’ (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Paper plate masks of characters from the Wizard of Oz, following with the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition’s theme of ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road.’ (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition colouring contest sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Citizen. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition colouring contest sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Citizen. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition colouring contest sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Citizen. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition colouring contest sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Citizen. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Paintings entered in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Paintings entered in the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Visitors check out paintings in Mellor Hall at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Visitors check out paintings in Mellor Hall at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Shirley Parrott’s first-place entry in the Gardening Hat Challenge at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Shirley Parrott’s first-place entry in the Gardening Hat Challenge at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Julia Doehler’s first-place entry in the Mixed Media Article Made of Three of More Different Types of Recycled Materials class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Julia Doehler’s first-place entry in the Mixed Media Article Made of Three of More Different Types of Recycled Materials class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the Crocheted Afghan class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the Crocheted Afghan class at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A stiltwalker patrols the grounds at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)A stiltwalker patrols the grounds at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
An alpaca peers out from its pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)An alpaca peers out from its pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road was the theme for the Cowichan Exhibition in 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Follow the Yellow Brick Road was the theme for the Cowichan Exhibition in 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Making vehicles out of squash at the Cowichan Exhibition in 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Making vehicles out of squash at the Cowichan Exhibition in 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A winning zucchini at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)A winning zucchini at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Taking a close look at the agricultural side of the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Taking a close look at the agricultural side of the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Chicks under warming lights always draw a crowd at the Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Chicks under warming lights always draw a crowd at the Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tractors and other heavy equipment on display at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tractors and other heavy equipment on display at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

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.”

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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.”



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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