Fair to recieve the Century Farm Award at opening

The Coombs Fair is celebrating 100 years in the community and will feature a lineup of celebrated entertainers, 4H shows and more

The Coombs Fair is celebrating 100 years in the community, and the achievement is not going unnoticed.

Parkville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell will present the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association with an award at the fair’s opening at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10.

“The Coombs fair has created memories and connections between local foods and people for 100 years, and the Century Farm Award both  honours and celebrates that. People from all over the world love visiting Coombs and automatically connect it with goats, food and farming. That is truly one of the legacies of the fair and the community.”

In 1913 the fair began when a group of farmers who moved to the Hilliers area decided to hold a fair to show what could be grown and raised in the area.

Today the fair continues to showcase the agriculture and livestock of the region. A centennial project marking the anniversary will also see a new stage built, using volunteer labour and community donations. The stage will be completed in the coming months, and host musicians and events in future years.

The Coombs Fair runs August 10 and 11 at the Coombs Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A pancake breakfast will run 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days and the buildings at the Fair will open at 9:30 a.m. Dogs are not permitted on the grounds and will not be safe if left in hot vehicles.

For more visit www.coombsfair.com.