Duncan Daze packs in events

Clear the track! Duncan Daze is back!

From Friday morning, July 11 until Sunday afternoon, July 13, the city centre is alive with activities as the community celebrates its 35th annual midsummer celebration.

Downtown streets will be closed off for people to roam safely while enjoying delicious food and picking up fantastic bargains at the eagerly-awaited street sales Friday.

Also on Friday evening, there’s a fashion show downtown and a beach party street dance.

That’s not all. Rotarians are all ready to step up with their yummy pancake breakfast Saturday, July 12, from 8-11 a.m. in City Square. It’s a great way to fuel up for the big event.

"What’s that?" newcomers ask.

The Grande Parade, of course.

Starting at 11 a.m., it snakes its way through the entire downtown core, wowing a huge crowd of Cowichan folks young and old.

A free shuttle will be picking up festivalgoers from the overflow parking at Vancouver Island University and taking them to town on a continuous loop from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, look for games and fun for children and their families all around town.

The annual Children’s Parade is moving to Sunday, July 13 starting at 11 a.m. so get there early enough to join the fun.

The Elks are hosting a beer garden with live music Saturday, and there’s also a mini skatepark and boarding demo, Just Jakes’ Guitar Wars, Bucky’s archery shooting gallery with the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club, cotton candy by donation, a photobooth, henna tattoos, a redneck waterpark and much more.