A raffle bucket at the Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday’s last annual event, held on Feb. 1, 2020 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. (PQB News file photo)

A raffle bucket at the Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday’s last annual event, held on Feb. 1, 2020 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. (PQB News file photo)

Popular annual Seedy Saturday event in Qualicum Beach cancelled for 2022

More memberships needed for next planned event in 2023

It’s no secret that the Parksville Qualicum Beach area is brimming with enthusiastic gardeners whom encompass everything from beginner to master gardeners and everything in between.

The area is blessed with a profusion of ardent market gardeners and growers gracing the farmers’ markets; various vegetable stands dot the landscape; an abundance of food grown across the gardening/growing spectrum; and the entire area is resplendent with beautiful floral displays.

The passionate gardeners and growers in the area and other Island communities have contributed to the success of the annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday event, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February; an event for many that heralds the beginning of spring.

Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the cancellation of both last year’s (2021) and this year’s (2022) QBSS events. The organizing committee hopes they can proceed with next year’s event, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

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There are many in the PQB community who contribute to the success of the annual QBSS event: the various community participants selling their agricultural wares and services; the many area businesses that help advertise the event and generously donate items for raffle and door prizes; the volunteers who help on the day itself, many of them from local garden clubs and other horticultural entities; the enthusiastic attendees who make the event so successful; and the volunteer members of the QBSS organizing committee.

Like so many area organizations, the pandemic has made it difficult to maintain the volunteer organizing committee’s member quotient, leaving five positions currently vacant out of 12. Without new people to take on these organizational tasks, the reality is that the 2023 QBSS is in serious danger of not happening.

If anyone would like more information, or would like to offer to help organize for this much loved event for 2023 and beyond, they can go to the QBSS website at qbseedysaturday.ca, or visit QBSS table at the Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market on the following dates: Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, 2022.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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