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Cowichan Exhibition History



The Cowichan Exhibition is an annual fair that has been officially running in the Cowichan Valley since 1868. The Cowichan Exhibition Park has been located on 64 acres of agriculture land on the west side of the Trans-Canada Highway, opposite of Mays Road since 2009. Each year the Cowichan Exhibition annual fair takes place in September and draws large crowds of talented artisans, farmers and entertainers.




Cowichan Exhibition Fair


Friday, September 7th will mark the 150th official opening of the Cowichan Exhibition Fair! You’ll want to be up at the grounds every day of the three day fair weekend. That’s the only way you’ll discover what’s new and see your favorite events! The fair starts with the official opening on Friday after a  traditional piper-led walkabout. The Town Crier announces the opening of the fair as the eager crowd grabs a seat to watch the beginning of the evening entertainment. There are many things to experience at the fair so join us as we highlight a few of them.





Hall Entries and Displays



Our Hall is filled with thousands of displays featuring items by creative and talented people in the Cowichan Valley. Exhibitor’s can choose to showcase in many categories that include: jams & jellies, quilts, hobbies & crafts, honey, vegetables and fruit from the garden, flowers, baked goods, weaving,  home wine making, needlework and more.  The entries are judged and then displayed during the fair as a showcase of what the Cowichan Valley farming and agriculture community has to offer. One very popular section of the fair is called the juniors division.  This division is ever growing with young talented artists, bakers, & builders eager to learn and take on new challenges in the form of lego competitions and more.




Show Ring  & Sheep Dog Competition


Our exhibition features competitions in our two show rings during the fair. They include English and Western light horse shows, miniature horse shows, draft horse demonstrations, dairy and beef cattle shows and sheep herding and dog show competitions. The Sheep Dog competition is loved by fair participants because of the interaction of the dogs with the trainers in herding the sheep into their corral. Things can get a little tense but interesting when the dog or sheep get distracted! 





Cowichan Valley 4-H Club


The exhibition grounds provides a diverse venue for the Cowichan 4-H club. Our livestock barn, outdoor show rings, and washing racks are perfect for hosting horse and beef shows. During the fair the barns are decorated with 4-H educational  boards, photography, animal displays and bicycle showmanship.  This is also where the rabbits, cavies, poultry and wool craft competitions take place.  Fair patrons learn everything from where eggs come from to the care of rabbits, ducks, chickens and other farm animals.




Tractor Pull, Parade and Displays


The fair features close up and interactive tractor  and machinery displays provided by the Duncan & District Vintage Machinery Society. It’s a great learning experience about farming days gone by as society members start up the vintage hay baling machine and try their hand at making bales on site!  If you are around the fair you will also be able to view the tractor parade as tractors throughout the generations start their motors and tour the grounds. Our tractors are also put to the limits in the tractor pull field with a farming tradition that long exceed the existence of tractors. Watch the tractors pull large sleds of weights across the finish line!  There’s also a ladies competition and a chance to have a tractor hay bale ride around the grounds!




Display Animals


For many people the number one reason for coming to the fair is the large array of animals on display including different breeds of goats, cows, chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep and horses. One highlight  is the pigs. This year we had a large litter of Berkshire piglets which drew crowds that got to see them eat apples and then were able to ask the owners questions about the pigs. The BC Poultry in Motion was also on site to lend a hand in learning about the growth cycle of chickens. The trailer has three stalls that contain one week chicks, adolescent chickens and full sized adult chickens. Staff are available on site to answer questions about the process of raising chickens. You’re also able to pet rabbits and cavies with supervision. The fair environment is a great opportunity to learn about farm animals &  converse with the breeders.





Amusement Rides & Concessionaires


During the fair West Coast Amusements makes the midway come alive with rides and games for all ages. Concessionaires are scattered throughout the grounds to provide delicious meals and snacks. The carnival rides are an attraction that offers thrills and fun for the whole family. It’s a great place to spend a hot summer day while learning about local agriculture at the fair grounds while eating a candy apple.





The live entertainment runs all day and throughout the evenings at the Cowichan Exhibition. Local talent is found to create an entertaining evening while local dance clubs and schools put on shows throughout the day. The array of talented artists draw large crowds and is a great atmosphere for people who gather together to watch a show or even for those wandering around.


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