‘All Creatures Great and Small’ is the theme of the 110th annual Cobble Hill Fair, at the fairgrounds this Saturday.
The fairgrounds open at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast brought to you by the hard-working crew at the South Cowichan Rotary Club.
Then, after you’ve tucked away enough pancakes at breakfast to keep you for a while, it’s time to get ready to watch the parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m.
The popular horse show starts down in the field at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, the mavens in the Cobble Hill Hall are preparing the fabulous displays, which open at 9 a.m. Both run most of the day.
As for fun elsewhere, there’s welly-wanging, the fish pond, children’s games, the hay bale toss, and other outdoor games starting at 9 a.m.
Also all day long, you can check out the vintage machinery and historical displays, and watch for the blacksmith and firefighter demonstrations.
Another hugely popular part of the fair if the livestock shows and competitions where you can do everything from peek at the piglets and fowl to watch 4-H club members put their animals through their paces in the ring.
Hungry? A huge variety of food vendors and local shops will offer their products all day.
After lunch, there’s a scarecrow contest, which is held at 1 p.m.
And, of course, there’s stage entertainment running from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’s a change in the entertainment venue this year. It will be held in the Vendor Village, which will be located at Cobble Hill Common, which is the park-like area across Fisher Road to the north of Cobble Hill Hall.
Save the hassle of finding a parking spot, park free and take the free shuttle to the fair.
The Cobble Hill Fair provides free shuttle service from the Cobble Hill Christian Church parking lot at 3791 Cobble Hill Rd. right to the fair grounds. It runs all day, leaving the parking lot and the fair-grounds every few minutes. And it is absolutely free.
To reach the parking lot: turn onto Cobble Hill Road at the Valleyview intersection where Cowichan Bay Road and Cobble Hill Road meet the Trans Canada Highway.
Traveling south on Cobble Hill Road, the turn off to the church parking lot is five km from the highway. Parking attendants are there all day, keeping an eye on the cars, and kids enjoy the bus ride to the fair.