Undaunted, Cowichan “UN”FAIR draws inspiration from pandemic

The Jubilee Community Garden’s second-place entry in the “Bounty from Your COVID-19 Garden” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)The Jubilee Community Garden’s second-place entry in the “Bounty from Your COVID-19 Garden” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ben Buss’s first-place entry in the “Bounty from Your COVID-19 Garden” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Ben Buss’s first-place entry in the “Bounty from Your COVID-19 Garden” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A first-place ribbon at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)A first-place ribbon at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the 12 and under “Zucchini Vehicle” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the 12 and under “Zucchini Vehicle” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Vivien McNeely’s first-place entry in the 13-17 “Zucchini Vehicle” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Vivien McNeely’s first-place entry in the 13-17 “Zucchini Vehicle” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries by Esther Craig and Barb Kruger in the “Design with Fresh Flowers Inspired by COVID-19” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries by Esther Craig and Barb Kruger in the “Design with Fresh Flowers Inspired by COVID-19” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ben Buss’s first-place entry in the “Weirdest Veggie” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Ben Buss’s first-place entry in the “Weirdest Veggie” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the landscape photography competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the landscape photography competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the nature photography competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the nature photography competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Jackie Sutherland’s first-place entry in the open painted rock class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Jackie Sutherland’s first-place entry in the open painted rock class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Julia Doehler’s entry in the 13-17 “Painted Rock Collection” class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Julia Doehler’s entry in the 13-17 “Painted Rock Collection” class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries in the 13-17 2-D framed artwork class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries in the 13-17 2-D framed artwork class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Julia Doehler’s first-place entry in the 13-17 2-D framed artwork class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Julia Doehler’s first-place entry in the 13-17 2-D framed artwork class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries by Melinda Hull and Laura Ryves in the toilet paper sculpture class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries by Melinda Hull and Laura Ryves in the toilet paper sculpture class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Collage” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Collage” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Isla Cameron’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Necklace” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Isla Cameron’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Necklace” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Shirley Parrott’s third-place entry in the decorated heart cookies class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Shirley Parrott’s third-place entry in the decorated heart cookies class at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Entries from Ben Buss (left) and the Jubilee Community Garden (centre and right) in the largest pumpkin competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)Entries from Ben Buss (left) and the Jubilee Community Garden (centre and right) in the largest pumpkin competition at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

It wasn’t the Cowichan Exhibition we are used to, but they still pulled it off.

Undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exhibition had to downsize things a little bit this year. Dubbed the “UN”FAIR, this year’s event drew inspiration from the pandemic, the resulting quarantine, and even provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.

The “pop-up” show on Sept. 6-7 was just the beginning. The “UN”FAIR-20’s Quilts in the Barn Show takes place Sept. 11-13. What’s more, a spectacular ‘drive in’ and Laser Light Show is being planned for Sept. 11-13 as well.

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