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CVEX celebrates 145th year this weekend

The Comox Valley Exhibition is upon us.

It’s a milestone weekend with the fair marking its 145th year in the valley.

Treasurer Keith Currie said the exhibition has never strayed from its original mandate: to promote agriculture.

“This is actually a very historic fair,” he said. “It started out with a bunch of farmers who just got together and wanted in the fall show off what they (had) grown that year, either livestock or grains, or corn, whatever. And it’s just continued on that tradition.”

It’s one of B.C.’s senior fairs, noted Currie: “It used to be a gathering in the fall because this was all farmland. Now it’s a gathering in the fall to try and educate people about where your food comes from. So many people don’t understand it.”

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Hours at the Comox Valley Exhibition grounds are noon to 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5:00pm Sunday.

Promoting local farming, the exhibition offers three days of events.

Highlights include a Global FMX freestyle motocross performance on Friday night, and a midway, logger sports, dock dogs, 4-H displays, antique tractors, barrel racing, cattle penning, and entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend.

Currie said the attractions help draw visitors to the grounds for a good cause.

“Why do we have them there? So we can educate people down and then educate them. It’s amazing how many people have never seen a cow milked.”

And the ever-popular PWA Wrestling returns to the grounds this year, where a ring will be set up in the middle of the fairgrounds.

“It’s amazing how many are people are attracted to that,” Currie said.

For details including admission prices, visit the exhibition’s website by clicking here.

The Comox Valley Exhibition is a non-profit organization with a goal of educating and entertaining the public with the diversity of agriculture within the Comox Valley by having displays of antique and modern methods and products, including value added products.

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