Alexandra McCullough of Errington, 1, right, reaches out to a duck held by Elena Sales of Parksville Qualicum 4H during the annual Family Day celebration at Coombs Fairgrounds last year. The 2019 event takes place Feb. 18. — NEWS File Photo

Family Day in Coombs celebrates horse theme

4-H animals, petting zoo, exhibitors and more at Feb. 18 event

Two Arrowsmith groups are looking to invite the community to the 7th annual Family Day Celebration at the Coombs Fairgrounds on Feb. 18.

The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association, with the support of the Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association is hosting the free event, running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Taking place at the Coombs Fairgrounds at 1014 Ford Rd., the event will have a Year of the Horse theme, with many of the guests and games highlighting the horse.

This will include a demonstration of a farrier shoing a horse, and how a horse would pull a carriage.

There will also be exhibitors at the Arrowsmith Hall, including the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs and others.

The activity building will have 4-H animals, an interactive children’s garden railway, face painting, games and crafts.

Hamilton Hobby Farm will be back with their petting zoo in the outdoor barn.

New highlights this year will include a tour of an RCMP car.

There will be complimentary hot dogs, cookies, popcorn, coffee, tea and hot chocolate while supplies last.

Though the recent snowfall presents a challenge, organizers are looking forward to the event provided conditions are safe. In the event of a cancellation, information will be provided at

Volunteers are also still needed to help with crafts, face painting, games, popcorn making and more. The time committment would be from noon to 4:30 p.m. Those interested can contact Kim Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or, or Kristine Stephenson at 250-927-3985 or

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