August 8th & 9th, 2020
Mark your calendars! Our 107th annual fair will be held on August 8 & 9; we will be celebrating the Year of the Chicken.
Since 1913, the Coombs Fair has been celebrating local agriculture and fostering community spirit. We’re a family affair with lots to do and see. From livestock to garden produce, arts & crafts, photography, needlework and domestic science, many hours of work go into the exhibits at the fair. Children and youth are an important part of keeping traditional, local agriculture alive in these ever-changing times, and 4-H is a huge component of our fair. We extend a warm welcome to everyone to come and enjoy the Coombs Fair.
As the first fair of the season and one of the largest 4-H shows on Vancouver Island, our fair is often the first opportunity for many 4-H members to display their projects and sharpen their skills before entering other fairs. There are also many classes for youth who are not involved in 4-H programs. Fair participants come from across Vancouver Island, from Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Campbell River, Duncan, Saanich and Victoria.
If you would like to participate in the Fair, we’re always looking for exhibitors and volunteers. Suggestions are encouraged, and financial contributions are welcome. We simply couldn’t do this year after year without the generous support of our sponsors, advertisers, community organizations and volunteers. To participate as an exhibitor, complete the appropriate entry form, submit the form by the deadline indicated, and then bring the exhibit to the fair at the appropriate time. Win some bragging rights and enter your homemade jam, your prettiest pumpkin or your flashiest photo.
Activities include great food at our fair concession, starting with pancake breakfasts each morning, followed by fresh local pie and corn on the cob. Check out the chicken & duck races, a Ladies’ nail driving competition, plus all kinds of demonstrations and exhibits. You can view the animals, from small to large, in our barns, horse competitions in our English and Western Horse Shows, and an American Poultry Association sanctioned Poultry Show with chickens, geese, turkeys and ducks. Guests were invited to come see the entries in our wacky Gardening Hat Contest or watch the spinners working at their wheels. Expect live music, good eats, and lots of displays.