Resuming for its 138th year this weekend, the Comox Valley Exhibition will feature a talented lineup of performers, along with fun-filled, family-oriented activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy over three days.
The opening ceremony will begin Friday at 4 p.m. at the main stage, sponsored by Island Honda and Black Creek Farm & Feed. MCeeing will be CVEx director Bob McQuillan, who will welcome and introduce several dignitaries to the stage for speeches.
These guests will include Mayor Larry Jangula of Courtenay, Mayor Leslie Baird of Cumberland, Mayor Paul Ives of Comox, Comox Valley Regional District chair Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley MLA and Minister of Agriculture Don McRae and Leah Hryko, president of BC Fairs.
Following the speeches, the K’umugwe Dancers will take the stage. Through song and dance, the dancers weave the stories of their people and beliefs. Their oral history traditions preserve their ancient knowledge while passing on their knowledge to new generations.
Helen Austin, Vancouver Island Music Awards’ Female Songwriter and Artist of the Year, will then perform her songs full with clever hooks, witty phrases, and beautiful vocals. Set to MC the CVEx once again this year, Austin emits a comfortable and natural ease on stage while keeping it simple with her acoustic guitar and her voice as the foundation for every song.
Taking a small break from the musical entertainment, Keith Currie, president of CVEx and director of BC Fairs, will announce the CVEx Awards.
The Comox Valley Exhibition is also pleased to provide a scholarship in partnership with the Rotary Club Of Strathcona Sunrise, Home Depot and West Coast Amusements. The scholarship of $1,000 will be administered by the CVEx Scholarship Committee and will also be announced at this time.
To put a close to the opening ceremony, 14-year-old singer/songwriter Keisja Cox will perform. Cox has written several songs that show both social awareness and compassion for situations like domestic violence and bullying.
Her song Purple Ribbon speaks out about finding safe places in your community, and her song W.I.T.S discusses how to deal with bullies.
Be sure to check the website for the full list of features from Aug. 24 to 26. The CVEx will have many interesting things to do and see around the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds at 4835 Headquarters Rd.
The home and garden show has been expanded, there are more horse events, Wagz World of Dogs is having some sheep trials and other new demonstrations. There’s a tea house for seniors to rest in a shaded area, sit and have tea and crumpets while they visit the fair as well.
— Comox Valley Exhibition